When the Niger Bridge goes down, all that heavy traffic will have to find other ways to cross the river.
Ferries for motor vehicles were fine in the 1950s when the river flowed full and traffic was light. Today, the Kainji Dam has dried out the Niger’s waters; and even with the Benue’s inflow the Niger at Onitsha is a stretch of sandbars, islands and shallow creekways. It is doubtful that its waters can carry boats hefty enough to ferry trucks and trailers.
What to do? Well, there is a bridge crossing to the north, just south of Lokoja, another to the south at Patani. Since the highways to these crossings are in poor shape, trans-Niger travellers may have to spend several days on the road—just as in the 1950s.
Is this national planning, national development, national progress—or their opposites?