Our correspondent who visited the Asaba, Delta State and Onitsha (Ogbeukwu), Anambra State ends of the bridge today was able to witness firsthand, the visibly stalled progress, rusting away of materials at the 2nd Niger Bridge whose construction began in 2014.
Although he was banned from taking pictures by few security men on the site who were found taking their siesta on arrival, our reporter somehow managed to get several clear shots of the location.
According to Arinze, a commercial bike rider who lives with his family in one of the shanties close to the Asaba end of the bridge,
"They told us that government will begin work since 2016 but I've not seen anything going on."Another resident who spoke in anonymity added in pidgin English,
"This new bridge will solve the issue of traffic gridlock on the Niger Bridge when completed.
"The people who travel to and fro the Southeast find themselves in traffic gridlock problems whenever they arrive this bridge (first Niger Bridge) from their destinations.
"Also, you know Onitsha City is already full and people are coming to live in Asaba while they do business and work in Onitsha.
"You can hardly pass this bridge after 5PM in the evening when work closes and sometimes 7AM in the morning."
When questioned, the only security man found at the Asaba end of bridge told our correspondent to "go and get paper from Julius Berger office in Onitsha" in order to be permitted to take pictures on the site.