• Short Summary

    MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN HEAD OF STATE, YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) OPENED THE NEW EKO BRIDGE, THE SECOND BRIDGE LINKING LAGOS ISLAND WITH THE NIGERIAN MAINLAND.

  • Description

    MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON, THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN HEAD OF STATE, YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) OPENED THE NEW EKO BRIDGE, THE SECOND BRIDGE LINKING LAGOS ISLAND WITH THE NIGERIAN MAINLAND.

    AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE FEDERAL COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS AND HOUSING, MR FEMI OKUNNU SAID THAT THE EKO BRIDGE IS THE FIRST COMPLETED PART OF A COMPLEX OF INTERCHANGES THAT WILL LINK NIGERIA'S TWO MAIN SEA AND AIR PORT APAPA AND IKEJA.

    THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE WAS FINANCED FROM A LOAN OF 66 MILLION DEUTSCH MARKS FROM THE WEST GERMAN GOVERNMENT. A SPECIAL EIGHT-MAN DELEGATION LED BY DR UDO HEIN, STATE SECRETARY AND DEPUTY MINISTER OF ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION REPRESENTED WEST GERMANY AT THE CEREMONY. IN A SHORT SPEECH DR HEIN DESCRIBED FEDERAL NIGERIA AS "ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TRADING PARTNERS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY IN AFRICA".

    THE BRIDGE, WHICH HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE LAST THIRTY MONTHS, HAS TWO DUAL CARRIAGE WAYS ON EITHER SIDE OF A MEDIAN SEPARATOR, WITH ADDITIONAL PEDESTRIAN CYCLIST TRACKS ON BOTH SIDES. NINETY FIVE FEET WIDE (29 MILES), IT IS FIVE THOUSAND FEET (1525 METRES) ALONG ITS MAIN AXIS, BUT WITH ALL ITS TURNING LOOPS FOR ACCESS THERE IS A TOTAL LENGTH OF APPROXIMATELY THREE MILES (5 KMS).

    THE GEOMETRIC DESIGN, THE PLANNING AND THE STRUCTURAL DESIGN OF THE BRIDGE WERE THE WORK OF A TEAM OF NIGERIAN ENGINEERS WORKING FOR THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING. THE TOTAL COST OF THE NEW BRIDGE WAS AROUND GBP10 MILLION STERLING. THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT PROVIDED THE FUNDS FOR THE LAND ACQUISITION, COMPENSATION OF LANDOWNERS, AND FOR THE RESETTLEMENT OF THE PEOPLE IN THE AFFECTED AREA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAA9DRQKCCIZC08YYF250SE4QX
    Media URN:
    VLVAAA9DRQKCCIZC08YYF250SE4QX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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