In Pictures: Onitsha before the construction of the Niger Bridge

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River Niger Bridge in Onitsha  also known as the Onitsha Bridge  in Anambra State, Nigeria connects southeastern Nigeria with western Nigeria over the River Niger.

It is linked to Asaba in Delta State, Nigeria.

French construction giant, Dumez constructed the Niger Bridge which was completed in December 1965,  at an estimated cost of £6.75 million.

The bridge was commissioned by the then Prime Minister late Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and opened for traffic in December 1965.

Unfortunately, the commissioning of the bridge was the last public function of the Prime Minister before his assassination on January 15, 1966.

 

 

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