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4th Mainland Bridge Will Help Nigeria’s Economy – FG

Dr Mahmood Abubakar

Dr Mahmood Abubakar

The Federal Government has come out to say that the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge project in Lagos State would boost economic growth and improve international trade.

The Minister for Environment, Dr Mahmood Abubakar revealed this during an “Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Stakeholders scoping workshop with the Federal Ministry of Environment” in Lagos.

According to him, construction of the proposed Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge is long overdue, and it is good that Lagos State Government had been working on it for about four years while making various representations to the Federal Government.

He then hailed Lagos State Government on the laudable project, while adding that it is important to take cognisance of both positive and negative impacts of the project on stakeholders.

His words, “For us as a ministry, we are happy with the positive impact, but there is need to resolve the negative aspects; what we need is sustainable development.”

A Director in the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr Tokunbo Ajanaku also said, “Which means that on the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge, we have the best of the best to work with us.”

Mr Iwayemi Olalekan added, “It is going to be a deck on pile bridge, running mostly through swampy areas, and the proposal has been submitted to National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) for approval.”

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Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.

He unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.

Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a “converted democrat”.

Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.

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