Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has disclosed that so far $2bn from the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) has been spent towards the completion of the 2nd Niger Bridge under President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Osinbajo said this during the flag-off of the governorship campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Onitsha area of Anambra State as he reiterated the Government’s commitment to developing infrastructure in the South East.
“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,” he said.
The Vice President also claimed that the APC-led Government has revived the Lagos-Calabar railway project that was abandoned by previous administrations. And in line with exploits being done in the region, especially Anambra state, Osinbajo stressed that Anambra was the first state to benefit from the school feeding initiative that has so far provided employment for over a thousand cooks and fed over a hundred thousand.
According to Osinbajo: “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,” he added.
“This state was the first state to receive our home-grown school feeding. This Anambra was the very first state that we gave money for that programme. And we have already in 807 schools, here in Anambra state where these young children (primary schools) are already fed.
“We have over a hundred thousand children that are already fed here in Anambra state, and that is an APC programme, our home-grown school feeding programme. We have engaged over a thousand cooks, over a thousand people are cooking. We have our N-Power programme for young graduates. Already we have employed over 4,000 graduates and we intend to increase the number.”