The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, has emphasized the need to import construction equipment valued at €1.2 million to ensure effective rehabilitation of the Eko Bridge in Lagos State.
The minister made this announcement during a visit to various bridges in Lagos State, including Third Mainland, Carter, Falomo, Iddo, Eko, Marina, and Iganmu, accompanied by directors and contractors.
The decision to import the equipment arises from the technical complexities involved in repairing the Eko Bridge, particularly the need to open the bridge deck.
To address these challenges, the imported equipment will play a crucial role in maintaining the bridge, as outlined by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Clement Ezeorah.
Minister Umahi highlighted that the lack of a maintenance culture at the national level has been a fundamental issue contributing to the deflection observed on the bridge.
He also pointed out problems with the Third Mainland Bridge, which was constructed in two sections 60 years ago.
He further stated that efforts are underway to complete the work on the Eko Bridge by 2024, with plans to increase the number of workers and equipment at the construction site.
Minister Umahi stressed the vital importance of the Eko Bridge in facilitating the movement of trucks into Lagos Island.