Seven legacy projects completed by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing across Nigeria will be officially opened on Tuesday by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari as part of his administration’s commitment to improving and expanding the country’s infrastructure.
Three significant bridges, three federal secretariats, and a road are among the projects.
According to a statement made on Monday by Femi Adesina, the president’s media adviser, the Second Niger Bridge, which was originally conceived in 2005, would serve as the centerpiece of the historic event.
A Public Private Partnership (PPP) attempt to start the project was made in 2014, however it was unsuccessful. With funding from the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), development got underway in 2016.
Others are the Loko-Oweto Bridge across River Benue to link Benue to Nasarawa State and the Ikom Bridge in Cross River State while the Road project is the completed Section of the over 200 kilometres of Kano-Kaduna Dual Carriage Expressway and three new Federal Secretariats.
The first of the Federal Secretariats at Awka is located at Executive Business District Layout, Awka South Local Government Area, Anambra State and is situated on a 5.106 Hectares of land. The project was first awarded on 9th December, 2011 but was practically completed and taken over by the Ministry of Works and Housing on 14th July, 2022.
The Secretariat has a total of 498 Office Space, a Conference Hall, four Committee Rooms, an Exhibition Hall, a Banking Hall, a Post Office and befitting Reception. In addition, the Secretariat has lift facilities, well laid out parking spaces and drainages, staff canteen, fire hydrant and other vital facilities. The second, Federal Secretariat Gusau, Zamfara State is located at Unguwan Dan Lawan, off Sokoto By-Pass Road, Gusau, Zamfara State. The project is situated on a 7.5 Hectares of land and was awarded also on 9th December, 2011 was practically completed and taken over by the Ministry on 30th November, 2022.
The Federal Secretariat Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, which is situated on Alamieyeseigha Road, will be the third to be officially opened. It was awarded on December 9, 2011, but wasn’t really finished until November 30, 2022, when the Ministry took possession of it. It is located on 7.5 Hectares of land.
In February of this year, President Buhari inaugurated a fourth one, the Federal Secretariat Lafia, which is situated at Bukar Sidi along Jos Road in Lafia, Nasarawa State.