The 2.3-kilometre Ibi bridge, with an access road of 8 kilometres, awarded in 2020 by the Federal Government at the cost of N57 billion is expected to open the pathway to the educational and economic development of Taraba State, North-East Nigeria.
The residents are optimistic that the project will be completed before the end of the tenure of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2023.
The Ibi Bridge and road, which are federal projects in Ibi Local Government Area will provide an alternative route to grow education and the economy of Taraba State.
The Federal University Of Wukari is the only federal government-owned tertiary institution in Taraba State, and linking the state to other parts of the country through the Ibi Bridge means better access to the institution and to potential students across the country.
Not only residents are keenly waiting for the completion of the project, but so is also the University community.
The University which graduated 3,897 students in a combined convocation ceremony, believes that the number could double in its next convocation when the institution is more accessible to candidates seeking admission, as well as visiting lecturers.
The Chairman Governing Board of the institution is hopeful that the project will be completed before next year, contrary to insinuations that the speed of work at the project site is slow.
The ongoing Ibi Bridge and road project will be one of the shortest routes linking Taraba State to other parts of the country when completed.
(Editor: Terverr Tyav)