Following recent statements credited to a serving senator in the country, Senator Ashafa, that the Third Mainland Bridge might collapse soon, the Federal Governemt has declared that the Third Mainland Bridge is not going to collapse.
The government made this known at the weekend, through the Federal Ministry of Works, in order to allay the fears expressed by Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos State. The Federal Ministry of Works, in a report, entitled: “Federal Ministry of Works’ Report on the Third Mainland Bridge,” at the weekend, dismissed the claims by the senator.
Also, the Director of Highway Design (Bridges), Federal Ministry of Works, Aniete Effiong, said “the ministry has taken proactive steps, in line with its mandate to ensure that the Third Mainland Bridge, a very important infrastructure investment of government, is protected and kept in an acceptable service state.”
The bridge, according to Effiong, was a vital artery of the network of Federal Highways and commanded high patronage in Lagos Municipal Area, considering the importance of the city as the major commercial centre in the country.