The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo hasd visited the collapsed Mokwa-Jebba Bridge in Niger State for on-the-spot assessment of the damage and promised that the bridge would be repair within two weeks.
Osinbajo, who was accompanied by the State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said during the visit on Monday that the Federal Government would soon rehabilitate the collapsed bridge, Tatabu in Mokwa Council Area linking Northern and Western parts of the country.
The bridge collapsed last month, as a result of flood at Tatabu village in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.
The acting president, who advised motorists plying the road to exercise patience, described the incident as unfortunate, addinmg that the construction of an alternative bridge would be completed within 14 days to ease movement of traders and goods.
“We have come here to look at the bridge because this road is very important to us as a government and this axis is very important to motorists and the country. The Federal Government will make sure that the collapsed bridges along Tegina/Mokwa and Jebba/Mokwa roads are done immediately and all repairs on the roads are done. We commend your patience and want you to continue to be patient with us, very shortly, the bridge will be completed within a forth night,’’ he said.
Osinbajo stated that adequate personnel had been mobilised to ensure quick completion of the collapsed bridges.
“We are working on the two bridges as emergency and everybody is fully mobilised; government is committed to maintenance of all roads across the country,’’ he added.
He, however, cautioned motorists against loading their vehicles above the approved road standard of 35 tonnes per vehicle.
Similarly, Abubakar commended motorists for their patience, and appealed to the Federal Government to rehabilitate all federal roads in the state to reduce sufferings of road users.