Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, has alleged how
the previous regime spent 34 billion naira on dredging work
at the site of the 2nd Niger Bridge between Onitsha,
Anambra and Asaba, Delta State.
Amaechi speaking during a conference in Lagos on
“When the River Niger was first approved
for dredging by the previous administration,
it was approved for N47billion and
N34billion was paid to the contractor.
Dancers were called in and there was a
“We are not dredging the River Niger with
billions of naira; we are dredging the River
Niger with just N100m. When we flagged it
off recently, did you see us dancing? Was
there a party? I just went to see the
governor and told him that the project will
start today and will be finished in one
“The governor said he will accompany me,
and I said ‘ok’. So, I asked the governor to
flag it off since it’s located in his state.
“People are wondering how on earth we are
going to dredge the River Niger for N100m
when the previous government awarded
same contract for N47billion? But we are
going to dredge the River Niger, using
dredgers owned by the National Inland
Waterways Authority (NIWA).
“NIWA has dredgers, but the previous
government preferred to give contractors
money to dredge the river with private
dredgers while NIWA’s dredgers were lying
idle somewhere in Port Harcourt.
“The NIWA MD told me the agency has
dredgers, but it’s been hired out to
somebody in Port Harcourt. So, we had
dredgers, but the previous administration
hired them out to some persons in Port
Harcourt while paying a contractor billions of
naira to use privately owned dredgers at a
very high cost.
“I told the NIWA MD that I will look for
money to fuel their dredgers, and work has
started. That is why we are dredging the
River Niger with just N100m.”