The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said the federal government has planned to spend a sum of N270 billion in 3 years to repair, maintain and restore over 50 bridges across the country, if the government receives full support of the legislature in the speedy passage of the 2017 appropriation bill within stipulated time.
He made this known during an inspection of partial work done on the Lagos outer ring road of the 3rd mainland bridge, connecting Lagos mainland and the island.
“The ministry is seeking the support of legislature to achieve a 3-year plan to repair, maintain and restore over 50 bridges across the country.”
Fashola also assured Nigerians of the government’s readiness to fast-track developmental works that would be carried out during its administration.
According to the minister, many bridges in the country have not been maintained for decades which has made the federal government to focus on repairs.
Fashola also appealed to people who misuse bridges in the country to desist as the government will not shy away from prosecution.
The Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland, the other two being the Eko and Carter bridges.
The bridge has in times past raised several concerns which made remedial work to be carried out on portions of the bridge at different times, leading to partial closure of the bridge. Part of the damages were caused by ecological problems.
Thus the need for another round of repairs, pending when a full repair will commence and is expected to span through the year.