The man we heard so much about is a brand name, we think we know; but never knew him. Who built our bridges and edifices? Above is picture of Julius Berger himself, the world renowned construction magnate whose construction company – Julius Berger – built most of our bridges and many Nigerian edifices.
He was born in 1862 in Zempelburg, a small town in Germany. His father sent him to Berlin at the age of 12 to take up an apprenticeship with a leather wholesale firm. He returned to the family transport business three years later in 1878. He soon found himself more frequently transporting building materials instead of grain. It was this transportation of building materials that led to his becoming increasingly familiar with the construction industry.
When he had learned enough, he switched professions and started his own construction company named after him. Julius Berger came into Nigeria in August 1965. The first bridge they constructed in Nigeria was Eko Bridge in Lagos. They also built the 3rd Mainland Bridge and currently they are building the 2nd Niger Bridge Onitsha. He died in 1942. What interest me most is that Julius himself died before his company arrived Nigeria to take up our construction works. Secondly, the man was never an engineer in the first place? Read more