Presidency clarifies amount released for Second Niger Bridge

President Mohd Buhari
President Mohammadu Buhari [Photo credit: Sahara Reporters]

The Vice President’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, has clarified the error in the publications credited to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on release of fund for construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge.

Mr. Akande gave the clarification on Tuesday following some media quoting of Mr. Osinbajo as announcing $2 billion released for the project instead of N2 billion.

According to Mr. Akande, during the APC governorship campaign in Onitsha, Anambra State, on October 20, Mr. Osinbajo had reiterated the Buhari administration’s commitment to keeping its promises to the Nigerian people.

He said that one of those promises was the construction of the second Niger Bridge, adding that the correct amount released was in the official news release he sent on the vice president’s remarks during the campaign rally same day.

“I did quote the VP as saying that “the Sovereign Wealth Fund paid N2 billion for that same project (Sum paid to the contractor: Julius Berger for early works).

“We will definitely see our second Niger Bridge, we will not make promises we cannot keep,” Mr. Akande recalled.

He, however, observed that a short video clip from the event captured on the news segment of a television channel quoted Mr. Osinbajo as mentioning “$2 billion” and not “N2 billion ”, which was what he had actually meant to say.

“Mentioning the dollar currency was inadvertent.

“As it happened, the excerpt from the video, which was shared online, was what was quoted in the headlines of some media houses, and in comments on social media.

“The figures were misplaced. Kindly set the records straight, from the speech I had sent.

“Please note, again, the sum provided for this is actually two billion naira (N2 billion),’’ Mr. Akande added.

He stated that it was also pertinent to state that the highlight of the rally and Mr. Osinbajo’s remarks was the commitment of the administration to improve the country’s transportation network and economy.

“The APC government is a government that will do everything it has promised. We are not making promises for nothing.

“The second Niger Bridge we have been talking about for a long time, but for the first time, the President went by himself to negotiate the facility to do that second Niger Bridge.

“That is why the second Niger Bridge is in our current budget and we have provided for it,” the vice president was quoted to have stated.

(NAN)


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  • Arabakpura

    One week, one lie, another week, another clarification! What other better way to describe confusion?

  • justice and equity

    Lie lie ,our mumu don do

  • Mani_Kay

    Never in my life have I seen a so called Pastor that lies without qualms 24/7 …… ‘adeboye christians” indeed!

    • Hah!

      .. so you have now reverted to your former name?

    • Dejandon

      Whether 2B$ or 2BN, at least Second Niger Bridge being done is not a lie. Abi na lie for you again?

  • Justice Equity

    2b naira released for work on a bridge which contract cost is 108b ,and Nigerian pastor turned politician is using it to scam anambra people,pastor Osibanjo does not understand again the difference between 720b and 2b ,shameless people. it will never go well for old men and grandfathers shamelessly scamming Nigerians under a hopeless government suffering from integrity deficit and lying tongue syndromes.
    This is a bridge designed, awarded and 18b paid by Jonathan ,work on this bridge was going on rapidly and smoothly since 2014 till 2015 August when buhari maliciously halted work on that project and ordered Julius berger handling the project out of site ,claiming that there was fraud in a contract awarded under PPP to such a reputable company like Julius berger who are providing 70% funding for the job.if buhari did not maliciously stop work on this project and placed the released funds under seal,this job would have attained 80% completion by now going by the pace of the job before August 2015 when buhari maliciously stopped that job for no just cause.
    Honestly this government is the worst thing that ever happened to Nigerian nation, a government that is constantly living in denial, a government that formed the habit of telling lies to her citizens, a hate overwhelmed, clannish, vindictive, religious and ethnic bigots ,masquerading as change agents.
    May God Almighty recompense every man and woman who helped in one way or the other to scam Nigerians with this fake people in the names of change.

    • oyoko

      Get brilliant, so that when you get to that position you will not be a problem to yourself and the people you will govern. sometimes contract like this don’t make complete payment in cash. There could be other negotiated indices on the table: tax, lifting of oil etc.

      • Justice Equity

        Rubbish, may Gods unending punishment be upon all men who are using cunning craftiness to defend evil because of hypocrisy, political correctness and clannishness. What a shameless generation.

    • Somadina Mac Anthony Odina

      You have a point God bless you.

  • Arkhuma

    Waiters will always latch onto something to cry about. The man said he made a mistake in the currency type quoted!!! The most critical point is that money has been released and work is ongoing. What else do they want. Maybe they would have been happy for him to actually quote this humongous amount without any work being done so that they can have something to loot and come back to wail about. On a lighter note, I don’t blame the VP, these days, it’s easy to get confused with currency denominations in the face of sum being bandied about as looted. Very soon, the figures will be so cumbersome to call that it will have to be expressed in scientific notations.

  • Somadina Mac Anthony Odina

    Like Chris De Burgh said, ” Don’t pay the ferryman until he gets you to the other side” Don’t vote APC AGAIN UNTIL THEY START PAYING THE YOUTHS 5K MONTHLY ALLOWANCE. APGA APGA APGA.