Acting President Yemi Osibanjo has assured that the temporary bridge linking the Mokwa-Jebba road would be completed in the next two weeks to ease the difficulties faced by motorists using the route.
Just as he said that the federal government is working towards reviving the rail transportation as an alternative means of transportation to reduce damages on the roads. The Acting President stated this Monday when he visited the collapse bridge at Tatubu village in Mokwa local government area of Niger state.
“This is an important route and we can assure you all that the temporary road would be done as fast as possible. we have gotten the assurances from the contractor handling the road. The road will be prone passable in a forth night by then, I believe that there will be better movement of goods and vehicles”.
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Osibanjo said that everything is being mobilised for the completion of the temporary road, “although there are challenges in moving materials from Jenna to the site, everyone is committed to making sure that the road is made passable as quickly as possible.He however lamented that most of the roads across the country are taking more loads than they can carry which is causing the collapse of several roads and bridges across the country.
“This is a huge nation with several road network and we have to understand that most of the roads are taking much heavy traffic and tonnage than they can take. This road for instance is supposed to take 35 tonnes but it is taking 70 tonnes vehicles.
“The Acting President said that focus is being paid to revitalizing the rail network emphasizing the need for an alternative way of transportation that will ease the tension off the road, “the roads are not strong enough to take 70 to 80 tonnes of load, that is why we are working hard to make sure the rail network takes off as soon as possible.
He appealed to the motorists to exercise patience and cooperate with the contractors to ensure that the work goes smoothly and fast.
Earlier, the Director of Highway Designs and Bridges from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transportation in charge of the project, Engineer Sylvester Jijingi explained that it will take 14 days for the completion of the temporary bridge while the permanent bridge which would be a dual bridge will be complete by December. He said that N2.5 million have been released for the completion of the project.
Jijingi stated that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Police and men from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps are on ground to ensure free traffic flow adding that they are working round the clock to ensure that the project is completed on schedule.
“This is an important route and we can assure you all that the temporary road would be done as fast as possible. we have gotten the assurances from the contractor handling the road. The road will be prone passable in a forth night by then, I believe that there will be better movement of goods and vehicles.”