Promise: To complete the bridges across the stretch of River Benue in Ibi local government area
May 26, 2022

IBI BRIDGE: SLOW PACE OF WORK JEOPARDIZES COMPLETION OF IBI BRIDGE

Promise: To complete the bridges across the stretch of River Benue in Ibi local government area

Musa Zayyad
Musa Zayyad
Profile
Last Updated
May 26, 2022
3
min read

The River Benue is the second river that meets the River Niger at Lokoja to form a confluence. It flows through many towns and villages, adding economic and agricultural value to these regions. Ibi town is on the south bank of the River Benue, opposite the mouth of the Shemankar River, serving as the port for Wukari which is 23 miles south.

The president made a promise in his manifesto for the 2019 general elections that he will complete a bridge across the stretch of River Niger in Ibi LGA. This infrastructure will help alleviate the transportation and logistics hardship faced by farmers, traders and commuters who can only cross the river by boats, ferry or canoe. The bridge will be a 2.4km long bridge with an additional 8km access road.

Promise: To complete the bridges across the stretch of River Benue in Ibi local government area

The contract for the construction of the bridge was awarded to RCC and billed to be completed before the end of the president’s term in 2023.

Terverr, a reporter with Africa Independent Television, in his report described the slow pace of work on the project, the residents’ and the Federal University of Wukari management optimism for the completion of the project before 2023 and be commissioned by President Buhari} I don't understand this entire paragraph.

“The residents are optimistic that the project will be completed before the end of the tenure of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2023. The Federal University of Wukari is the only federal government-owned tertiary institution in Taraba State, and linking the state to other parts of the country through the Ibi bridge means better access to the institution and potential students across the country."

The contractor’s slow pace of work threatens the completion of the project before the current administration tenure runs out, therefore this promise will be rated “In the works”. In light of this, the progress and status of the promise will continue to be tracked.

Reference:

Terverr Tyav. “2.3-kilometre Ibi Bridge in Taraba State under construction for N57 billion” AIT February, 2022.

https://ait.live/2-3-kilometre-ibi-bridge-in-taraba-state-under-construction-for-n57-billion/, accessed, 20 April, 2022.