According to President Muhammadu Buhari, infrastructure development is crucial for reducing poverty.
The president said this on Tuesday during the opening of the 360-meter-long Ikom bridge in Cross River.
The Second Niger Bridge and the Loko Oweto Bridge were two of the six significant projects the Buhari administration inaugurated, held virtually from the Council Chamber in Abuja, saw open. The Abuja-Kano Highway and three federal secretariats in Bayelsa, Anambra, and Zamfara are further examples.
According to Mr. Buhari, investing in infrastructure would make it harder to escape poverty.
The president declared, “The initiatives we launch today symbolize the nation’s determination on providing prosperity; they are frontal attempts to solve multi-dimensional poverty instead of lamenting about it. The Ikom Bridge will enable transportation connections from the South-South, through the North-Central to the North-East, and increase trade in and around the Calabar Port and Free Trade Zone.
In his words, the bridges “are bridges of connectivity and integrity across major rivers of commerce like the River Benue, River Niger, and Cross River, they will reduce travel time, improve business efficiency, and service delivery.”
For a very long time, there has been a call for a new bridge to improve traffic and economic difficulties, according to Cross River Governor Ben Ayade.