The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, has said that the Lagos third Mainland Bridge is safe and intact.
This is contrary to rumors and claims that the bridge has opened up, shaking, and unsafe for motorists and traffic usage.
On Tuesday, the Federal Government of Nigeria disclosed that the Third Mainland Bridge is safe and intact. It described as false, the reports making the rounds that the bridge is shaking and about to collapse.
According to NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, this was made known via a statement released by Mrs. Boade Akinola, Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Works and Housing, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Engineer Olukayode Popoola, The federal controller of works in Lagos State, was quoted in the statement to have said that after an on the spot assessment, it was discovered that the bridge was not shaking or opening up.
The statement urged road users and motorists plying the bridge to ignore the rumor and to go about their normal businesses.
It added that all bridges in the country were receiving regular attention and are safe for use. This is one thing road users have to know.
The third mainland bridge is arguably one of the longest bridges in Africa. It is located in Lagos. The bridge is also one of the busiest bridges in Africa.
In Nigeria, it is arguably the busiest. So when there is rumor of the bridge shaking or opening up, it is a thing of great concern.
For people to have raised worries over the alleged opening up and shaking of the brige, then there could be something to properly check and be certain about.
It is very commendable that the federal government has ran a check on the bridge and have seen and certified it as safe to use. But does it end there?
They must be very sure of the true state of the bridge. It would be a disaster to have a bridge so long and busy as the Third Mainland Bridge collapse when there is traffic.
As a result of that, the Federal Government of Nigeria owes it as a duty to ensure that their findings are true and correct. It must not be a political statement.
The main business of governance is the safety and protection of lives and properties. The federal government of Nigeria must he forthright in their report.
As reported by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, if the bridge is safe and certified ok for use, then there is no issue for concern.
But there has to be certainty in their findings regarding the capacity of the bridge. If they are not very sure about its fitness, they should hire more qualified experts to first examine the bridge before its certification.
That is the best way to know whether the Third Mainland Bridge is still fit for use or is deserving of a change, reconstruction perhaps.
This will help place premium on the lives and properties of Nigerians and all road users who ply the third mainland bridge on a daily basis.