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Second Niger Bridge to be opened Dec 15 for Christmas, New Year travels

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The Federal government has announced December 15 as the date to open the Second Niger Bridge to ease traffic during Christmas and New Year celebrations. Jimoh Olawale, the Federal Controller of Works in Delta, said this on Wednesday in Asaba, which is in the state of Delta.

Olawale said: "As we know, during the Christmas celebration, commuters suffer hardship accessing the old Niger Bridge due to traffic jams, but with this arrangement, traffic congestion on the Asaba-Benin Expressway will ease." "We have notified the state government of this arrangement, and we are working with the Federal Road Safety Corps to ensure a hitch-free vehicular movement." "Motorists going in the direction of Owerri would divert through the access road near the old Niger Bridge to the new bridge." While debunking the claims of failure by the Federal Government to pay compensation to property owners along the access road to the second Niger Bridge, Olawale said no properties had been overtaken in the area. He said: "The federal government has appointed a consultant, Messrs. C.O. Akpabor and Company, to enumerate the properties for compensation. "Each claimant has an attorney that liaises with the consultant, so there is no need for protest, more so that the federal government has not taken possession of the properties nor commenced construction work on the access road." "The Federal Government verification team has visited and submitted its report to Abuja, and the government will pay all compensation before work will commence on the access road," he added.

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