HURIWA flays President for shifting completion date of Second Niger Bridge
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for shifting completion date of the multi-billion naira Second Niger Bridge from October 2022 to the first quarter of 2024.
In a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said the “postponement of the completion date of the vital bridge linking Delta and Anambra states shows that the Buhari regime is not sincere with Ndigbo and the people of South East.”
HURIWA said despite several promises and assurances of the current administration to complete the strategic gateway before May 2023, it still went ahead to fail the region.
The organisation continued: “Buhari completed scores of multi-million dollar projects he started in his hometown in Daura, Katsina State, but can’t deliver just the Second Niger Bridge for South Easterners.”
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) had started construction of the bridge five years ago but it is now certain that it won’t deliver it before leaving office in May 2023 as the acting Federal Controller of Works in Anambra State, Seyi Martins, was quoted in news reports as saying the project with total length of 11.9 kilometres won’t be complete until the first quarter of 2024.”
Onwubiko further reacted: “This shift shows that President Buhari simply gambled with the South East and sold cheap propaganda to score cheap popularity.”