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  • Updated: March 30, 2024

Lagos Bridges: Works Minister Umahi calls for state of emergency

Lagos Bridges: Works Minister Umahi calls for state of emerg

Nigeria's Minister of Works, Senator Dave Umahi, on Friday, urged the National Assembly to declare a state of emergency on two vital Lagos bridges: the Third Mainland Bridge and the Carter Bridge.

Umahi made the call during a recent inspection tour of key infrastructure projects in Lagos alongside members of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Works. He emphasized the urgency of the situation, highlighting the critical structural issues plaguing both bridges, particularly underwater damage.

“We have critical underwater challenges on the Third Mainland Bridge. The first is the deflection of the slab, which is nothing to worry about as we shall repair it as we did on Eko Bridge, and it will stop deflecting.

“The second one is the deterioration of the piers; the pier caps and the pier cap covers. The contractor is already mobilised about four weeks ago and is working on it.

“Cost of rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge is estimated at N21 billion,’’ he said.

According to the Minister, only the Eko Bridge (Second Mainland Bridge) is currently deemed safe for heavy duty vehicles. The Third Mainland Bridge and Carter Bridge require specialized repairs to address the underwater challenges, a process Umahi believes would be significantly expedited by a state of emergency.

“I want the National Assembly to take very special note that this is the worst of the challenges we are having on these two bridges. Cost of rehabilitation of Carter Bridge is N25bn.

“We have mobilised the contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC., with N7 billion for Carter Bridge seven days ago and N6 billion for the Third Mainland Bridge,’’ he said.

This declaration would allow for faster allocation of resources and streamlined bureaucratic procedures to address the repairs. The Minister expressed concern about the potential for disaster if the issues are not addressed promptly.

Lagos's heavy reliance on these bridges for traffic flow makes their condition a major concern. A state of emergency could pave the way for the repairs needed to ensure the safety of commuters and continued functionality of these vital transportation links.

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