President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his administration is determined to begin the construction of the second bridge across River Niger in 2018.
To this effect, the government has allocated N10bn for the implementation of the project.
Buhari made this disclosure while presenting his N8.612tn to a joint national assembly on Tuesday.
Buhari said his administration remained committed to pursuing a gender-sensitive, pro-poor and inclusive growth.
He said, “We are keenly interested in catering for the most vulnerable. Accordingly, we have retained the 500 billion Naira allocation to the Social Intervention Programme.
“Government will also continue to implement the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme, as well as the National Home-Grown School Feeding programme in 2018. These initiatives are already creating jobs and economic opportunity for local farmers and cooks, providing funding to artisans, traders and youths, as well as supporting small businesses with business education and mentoring.”
“Specifically, I would like to bring your attention to the following key projects and programmes that we are determined to implement in 2018:
“N9.8 billion for the Mambilla hydro power project, including N8.5 billion as counterpart funding. N12 billion counterpart funding for earmarked transmission lines and substations; N35.41 billion for the National Housing Programme; N10.00 billion for the 2nd Niger Bridge; and N300 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of the strategic roads mentioned earlier.”