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Umahi calls for faster repair of Third Mainland Bridge to prevent N6 trillion reconstruction cost



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David Umahi, Minister of Works, has alerted the National Assembly to the critical delays in the Third Mainland Bridge’s rehabilitation, emphasizing that failure to accelerate the work could lead to a reconstruction cost of N6 trillion.

Umahi’s concerns were raised during a tour of key infrastructure projects in Lagos on Friday, where he was joined by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Works.

Highlighting the urgent need for action, Umahi advocated for the declaration of a State of Emergency on the Third Mainland Bridge to fast-track essential underwater repairs and prevent further damage.

He warned of the substantial financial and safety risks posed by continued delays. In a similar vein, Umahi recommended a State of Emergency for the Carter Bridge to ensure swift repair work and avoid looming disasters

He emphasized that a failure to accelerate the rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge could lead to reconstruction cost amounting to N6 trillion.

Umahi pointed out that the deterioration of the bridge’s pillars was due to illegal sand mining, natural underwater currents, and the rusting of the steel casings.

The Works Minister mentioned that the Federal Government recently mobilized N6 billion to Julius Berger Nigeria PLC., the contractor responsible for the rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge, out of the total N21 billion required for the project.