The Federal Government has expressed concern over the possibility of the Second Niger Bridge being blocked if miscreants continue to vandalize its metal components. Mr. Mahmuda Mamman, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, made this statement during a visit to the bridge to assess the recent level of vandalization of the metal components.
Mamman urged security agencies to increase surveillance on the bridge to combat the activities of miscreants who are targeting the metal components. He emphasized that the Second Niger Bridge is a significant investment made by the Federal Government to facilitate the movement of goods and services within Nigeria, and protecting it is crucial to ensure free movement, which is a basic human right.
The Federal Government has already taken necessary steps by writing to relevant security agencies, requesting them to intensify surveillance along the road to prevent further incidents. Mamman also highlighted the collective responsibility of both host communities and stakeholders in safeguarding national assets like the bridge.
Regarding the project’s completion delay, Mamman explained that the contractor, Julius Berger, cited security concerns as the major obstacle. However, the government hopes that with the recent developments and the commitment from the contractor, the project will be completed within the next three weeks. The bridge is currently undergoing maintenance by the construction company, and the vandalized components are expected to be replaced before the handover.
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