Governors of Anambra and Imo States, Prof Chukwuma Soludo and Sen Hope Uzodinma, on Tuesday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the construction of the Second Niger Bridge in Onitsha, saying that it would open up the South East region for more businesses and economic developments.
The duo spoke during the commissioning of the bridge by the president; a task he performed virtually. Buhari also commissioned the newly built Ebele Ofunneamaka Okeke Federal Secretariat Complex in Awka, but this time was represented by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige.
The governors said that they were happy that despite several years of “promise and fail” by the previous administrations, the Buhari-led government was able to bring the bridge project to reality.
The secretariat complex is located at Plot S/6 (Extension of the state Secretariat), Executive Business District Layout.
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The project is situated on 5.106 hectares of land and was awarded to M/S Cosco Investment Nigeria Limited on 9th December 2011 at an initial contract sum of N2,561,268, 866.56 and later revised to N3,617,863,070.29 in August 2020.
In his speech, Ngige commended his principal, Buhari, for “giving the people of the South East a sense of belonging by bringing infrastructural development to the region.”
He advised the federal government workers who would be making use of the secretariat to take proper care of it as the government had done its part by building it for their use.
The contractor who handled the project, Chief Cosmas Agagbo, commended the President and the federal government for believing in him by giving him the project to handle.
He said that the secretariat has 498 office spaces and 300 parking lots; adding that the exhibition hall, banking hall, post office, reception and conference hall have one space each while committee rooms are four in number.