By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the president Muhammadu Buhari has making great efforts to leave a legacy of massive infrastructural development across the country.
The Minister stated this on Thursday during a media tour of the 1.8-km Loko-Oweto Bridge across River Benue, along with the Ministers of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume.
This was contained in statement Segun Adeyemi Special Assistant To The President (Media) Office of the Minister of Information and Culture.
He said the inspection is part of the ongoing media tour of federal government infrastructure projects, which was kick-started two weeks ago with the tour of the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Project.
Alhaji Mohammed disclosed that the bridge, which is being funded from the proceeds of the Sukuk Loan, is 97.3% completed.
He said the Loko-Oweto Bridge is part of a network that includes the 106-kilometre road from Oweto to Otukpo, which is completed, and the 76-kilometre road from the Loko end of the bridge to Nasarawa, which is at 20% completion stage.
“What this bridge is achieving is that it is linking the Northern part of the country and the Southern part of the country. Even though we call it Loko-Oweto Bridge, which is linking Nasarawa and Benue States, it goes further to link the South-South and the South East.
“The communities (some members of which welcomed the Ministers) have been able to highlight how this bridge has also helped in the area of curbing insecurity, as well as fostering integration and friendship between the two communities,” the Minister said.
He said the government will continue to showcase to Nigerians how it is judiciously utilizing the loans it has taken to develop infrastructure across the country, instead of exchanging words with naysayers.