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Nigerians to pay to use 2nd Niger Bridge



The second Niger Bridge has been a long drawn out project inherited by a number of previous administrations, but remains largely on the drawing board.

However, a series of tweets from Aso Rock twitter handle, on Sunday said that plans were also under way to concession the Second Niger Bridge.

If this happens, the concession company would more than likely impose a toll for use of the bridge to recoup its funds expended to put it in place.

Also listed in the tweets were six strategic intervention areas to be covered by the 2016 budget signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

The areas include Governance, Transparency and Security; Diversification (Industrialisation, Agriculture, Solid Minerals, Tourism, Entertainment); Critical Infrastructure (Power, Rail, Roads and Housing); Oil and Gas Reforms; Ease of Doing Business and Social Investment.

The government would also construct 3,552 mixed housing units as pilot schemes in each of the 36 states and Abuja under the National Housing Project, the tweets said.

While under Ease of Doing Business, the Federal Government has a goal of pushing Nigeria up by 20 places on Ease of Doing Business rankings.

Under social investment, the government plans to cater for 5.5m children per annum under the School Feeding Programme in collaboration with the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, among others.




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