Leaders from the South East were on a thank you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari over the construction of the long abandoned Second Niger Bridge.
The delegation led by Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and three governors were on the visit on the platform of South-East Governors’ Forum on Wednesday.
They appealed for the reduction of the completion period of the Second Niger Bridge from 42 months to 24 months.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi, Mr Dave Umahi, said after a closed-door meeting that members of the forum were at the Villa on behalf South-East people to thank the president for the award of the N206 billion contract of the Bridge.
“We came to thank the president on behalf of South-East for the award of the second Niger Bridge to Julius Berger at the sum of N206 billion.
“We understand that N7 billion has been paid as mobilization.
“So, we came to ask the president if there is the possibility of paying up to 50 per cent of the sum and secure the other 50 per cent as bond.”
According to him, this is expected so that we can sleep with our two eyes closed and be assured that the job will not be abandoned.
“We also asked that the construction period be reduced from 42 months to 24 months. We made it clear to Julius Berger that it is achievable.