FG flags off emergency repairs at Third Mainland Bridge

THE Renewed Hope administration of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sen. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is set to make a historic mark in road Infrastructure revolution in Nigeria.

This was revealed by the Minister of Works, David Umahi, during the flag-off of the emergency repair of the Third Mainland bridge, Lagos on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

The minister at the event reiterated the determination of the president to turn around the accumulated ugly conditions of Nigerian roads particularly the Federal Highways.

Speaking on the essence of the emergency repair of the Third Mainland Bridge, the 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 President Bola Tinubu administration, which among other things is aimed at 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 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 minister, “it therefore became imperative to expand the scope of work as awarded to accommodate 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.

The minister, who used the opportunity to thank the President 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 ameliorate 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, Femi Hamzat assured the 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 statement by Orji Uchenna Orji, Chief Press Secretary to the minister of works said that 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 minister of works.

“Repair works on the four ramps on the Third Mainland bridge started in earnest on November,6, 2023 and is expected to be completed on or before December,13 2023.

“The work of the major carriageway of the bridge will commence on January 15, 2023,” it added.


-November 11, 2023 @ 10:38 GMT |