Ahead of the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the long expected second Niger Bridge by President Goodluck Jonathan, prominent political leaders in the south-east Friday expressed optimism that the project when completed will open up the zone to the rest of the country.
Specifically, the National Vice chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), south-east, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd) said with the president visiting the zone twice within three weeks goes to show his commitment to improving the lots of the people of the area.
On his part, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu said the second bridge would help open up Onitsha and boost trade between Nigeria and the entire West Africa sub-region and beyond.
President Goodluck Jonathan had during the week disclosed that he would do the “real ground-breaking” ceremony for the second Niger Bridge in Anambra on March 10.
“The Minister of Works has briefed me that they have done a lot of mobilisation; we are coming to do real ground breaking ceremony of the second Niger Bridge and other projects,” Jonathan had said.