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Nigeria Opens Second Niger Bridge for 30 Days 

The move is to ease traffic in the south-east during the festive season.

Nigeria’s federal government has ordered the opening of the Second Niger Bridge for use, in order to ease traffic in the south-east during the festive season.

The bridge was officially opened on Thursday midnight.

Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing, who gave the order on Wednesday at the inauguration of the bridge, said it will be opened for use for one month during the yuletide.

He noted that the bridge would be closed to traffic on January 15, 2023.

The minister urged motorists plying the bridge to drive safely and responsibly in order not to defeat the purpose of constructing the project.

The federal government had announced last week that the project would be opened to traffic on December 15, 2022.

Speaking at the inauguration, Fashola said President Muhammadu Buhari’s purpose of completing the bridge was to save lives and alleviate poverty caused by wasted hours resulting from gridlock on the old First Niger Bridge.

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