Niger celebrated the first 10 years of independence on Friday (December 18) with an event that highlighted the future development of the country.
Niger celebrated the first 10 years of independence on Friday (December 18) with an event that highlighted the future development of the country. President Hamani Diori opened an important new bridge over the river Niger at Niamey. Built with American funds, the project was named "Kennedy Bridge" by President Diori.
The bridge is nearly half-a-mile (over 700 metres) in length. It provides an important road link across the Niger to the capital.
Niger's Public Works Minister, M. Mahamane Dandobi, thanked the United States Ambassador and Presidential Representative for the American aid which enabled the project to be completed.
Then the President cut the ribbon which started traffic flowing across the new bridge. The ceremony coincided with a new agreement between Niger and another North American country. The same day, President Diori signed a convention with Canada to finance the construction of new road to link eastern Niger with the rest of the country.
To mark the independence anniversary, a Canadian delegation presented a number of motor vehicles for the use of Niger's youth organisation. the vehicles, Land Rovers, took part in the anniversary parade through the city centre on Friday. West German representatives also came forward with an anniversary gift. They handed over an assortment of engineering equipment for the use of Niger army.