FG To Spend 21b On Emergency Repairs Of Third Mainland Bridge

By Our Reporter Abakaliki,

Nigeria President,Bola Tinubu,  has approved the sum of N21,047,430,431.71 for emergency repairs of the third mainland bridge in Lagos. 

Minister of Works, Engr Nweze David Umahi, revealed this during the flag-off of the  emergency repair of the Third Mainland bridge, Lagos on the  8th day of  November, 2023. The Hon. Minister during the event reiterated the determination of the President to turn around the accumulated ugly conditions of the Nigerian roads particularly the Federal  Highways.

Speaking on the essence of the emergency repair of the Third Mainland Bridge, the Hon. Minister said that the conditions  of the  bridge superstructure  and other elements including the loops and ramps connecting the bridge were bad and required urgent maintenance to serve the road users better. "This is yet another milestone in the actualization of the Renewed Hope agenda of the Divine President Bola Ahmed  Tinubu administration which among other things is aimed at the total repositioning of the road and bridge infrastructure in Nigeria and to bring succour to road users who have suffered the effects of the decayed infrastructure over the years,"

The Hon. Minister recalled that the immediate past administration had awarded a contract for the comprehensive repair of the loops and ramps connecting to the Third Mainland bridge at the total cost of N6,278,063585.58. But the Renewed Hope administration of Mr President upon coming on board observed that the intervention was for a limited scope as it would not address the problems created by the extra layers of asphalt on the bridge deck of about 150mm thickness that occurred as a result of previous overlays which constitute extra dead load on the bridge."

According to the Hon. Minister, "it therefore became imperative to expand the scope of works as awarded to accomodate the additional works and quantities of work items needed to restore the integrity and serviceability of this very important bridge" Hence, the need to expand the scope of the contract which is now "awarded to Messrs CCECC Nig Ltd in the sum of N21,047,430,431.71.

According to the Press release by the Chief Press Secretary the Minister, Barr Orji Uchenna Orji, the Hon Minister used the opportunity to thank the President of Nigeria for approving the repair of over 260  Federal Roads across the nation also  reiterated his Ministry's commitment to quality and timely delivery of road and bridge infrastructure in Nigeria, pointing out that under his watch, the road users will not suffer discomfort and inconveniences because of road repair.He maintained that his  Ministry's target is to emeliorate the sufferings of road users and give them the best comfort anyone can get in advanced countries of the world.

On his own part, the Lagos State Governor who was represented by his Deputy, His Excellency ,Dr Femi Hamzat, assured the Hon Minister of Works of a robust partnership in the road revolution agenda of Federal Government, as  far as Lagos State is concerned. He praised the initiative of the Federal Government in tackling the deficiencies in road Infrastructure across the nation. 
The Governor also assured road users of adequate traffic management within  Lagos State and  adequate traffic plan during the festivities. The Governor thereafter performed the flag-off ceremony at the instance of the Hon. Minister of Works.

Repair works on the four ramps on  the Third Mainland bridge started in earnest on the 6th day of November,2023 and is expected to be completed on or before 13th December,2023. The work of the major carriageway of the bridge will commence on 15th January,2023.

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