Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the occasion of the flag-off of the governorship campaign of theAll Progressives Congress (APC) in Onitsha area of Anambra State; revealed that the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari has so far spent $2bn from the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) for the completion of the second Niger Bridge.
“We are not making promises for nothing. The second Niger Bridge, we have been talking about it for a long time. But for the first time, President Muhammadu Buhari went by himself to negotiate the facility to do that second Niger Bridge.”
“And that is why the second Niger Bridge is in our current budget and we have provided for it. In fact, I am being reminded that just two days ago, the Sovereign Wealth Fund paid $2bn for that same project. So we will definitely see our second Niger Bridge. We will not make promises we cannot keep.”
Buttressing that the past administrations abandoned the Lagos-Calabar railway project and that it has been revived under the APC-led Federal Government; Vice President Osinbajo said:
“When we were talking of railway, Lagos-Calabar railway, under the old administration, I will not mention them by name.”
“They said Lagos-Calabar will go from Lagos to Calabar, there was no connection to the South-East. It was when President Muhammadu Buhari came that we redesigned the Lagos-Calabar in order to pass through Onitsha in the first place.”
“By that new design, we also have the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri railway that has a connection to Umuahia-Owerri and Enugu-Awka. So all of those, we will not make promises we cannot keep. Every promise we make, we will keep.”