President Jonathan performed the ground breaking ceremony for the second Niger bridge in Onitsha yesterday. The new bridge will cost N117b and will be operated under a Public-Private partnership in a Build-Operate-Transfer arrangement. This means the new bridge will be tolled in order to recoup investment. The FG has provided 25% of the funds needed to get work started. The FG will also regulate the tolling affairs once completed.
Reports from some quarters however see the ceremony as a political ruse meant to deceive the Ibos in the South East in order to vote President Jonathan in 2015. The president however debunked such claims saying the project took long because the FG was involved in proper planning especially regarding the funding. The bridge will be constructed by Julius Berger Consortium and will take 48 months (4 years). We hope it is not an elephant project as the bridge is long overdue. Why the Ibo’s need to pay toll to enter their father land is beyond me. My people what do you think?