The Nigeria government has planned to rehabilitate about 50 bridges in critical conditions in the country with USD85 million which is approximately NGN270 billion. The project is set to be executed on a yearly basis with about NGN70 billion to NGN100 billion in the first year.
The plans were unveiled by the Minister of Power, Works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola on Tuesday in Lagos while inspecting the rehabilitation of Lagos Ring Road bridge Abutment and approach to the Third mainland Bridge project.
He explained that construction works will begin on the most critical ones in other to avoid collapse and endangering of peoples lives. He said: “We now have a three-year plan affecting over 50 bridges across the country for maintenance, repairs and restoration.
“Many of the bridges we built in the country over the last four, five decades have not been under any form of maintenance. Fashola has ordered Engineers to begin work to realign the Apongbon bridge
He said some columns and beams of Nigeria’s longest bridge, Third Mainland, were threatened because of human activities, sand filling and ecological factors which resulted in erosion.
The work we have come to inspect was awarded some years back when there was an indication of some mis-alignments here on the Lagos Outer Ring Road which is the beginning of what leads on to the Third Mainland Bridge itself which is just about here.
This is a good start for the year, The year 2017 is beaming with hope as all hands seem to be on deck in promoting the dignity of the Nation.