The Minister of Finance, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has said there will be power disruption due to the Second Niger Bridge construction which will be completed by April.

This is due to the relocation of the high-tension transmission lines across the bridge which he said are too low.

Fashola said this while on an inspection tour of the bridge which has been named after President Muhammadu Buhari.

“April is the completion date. Earlier, I had said it will end in February or at the latest, end of the first quarter,” Fashola said.

“Before now, some people said there was no bridge, but now we are walking on the bridge. This is real now. Plus or minus, when we cross the Ts and dot the Is, we will complete it as promised — 11kms and 12kms on both sides of the bridge.

“Power will be shut down for two weeks to enable the generating and transmission companies as well as the ministry of power to work seamlessly on the project.

“We plead that those affected will cooperate as nobody will be shut out permanently.”

Also speaking, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the bridge will be inaugurated in October.

“What is important is for the bridge to be completed and commissioned in October. The speed, the environmental concerns are taken care of and the quality of the bridge to last for many decades are worth celebrating,” he said.