Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday visited the collapsed Bakino bridge along Ilorin-Mokwa-Jebba road on which work has commenced to make it passable, promising normal traffic flow within two weeks.
The repair, he continued, is pending the reconstruction work on the collapsed bridge at Tatabu community near Mokwa in Niger State.
Prof. Osinbajo who visited the site for an on-the-spot assessment earlier on Monday spoke based on assurances from top government officials including Power, Works & Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola and the contractors on site.
Specifically the Acting President, who embarked on a tour of the collapsed bridge, received briefs from relevant officials on site including the site engineers and supervisors from the Federal Ministry of Works, following which he told newsmen that government was fully committed to ending the difficulties on the road by addressing the remote causes of its deterioration.
According to him, “the Minister of Works is working on a lasting solution but in the interim we have assurances from the contractors and engineers working here that this road will be made passable in about a fortnight.’’
He assured that construction work on building a new bridge would commence but that it would take some time for it to be completed due to the slow movement of material from Ilorin to the site.
“The contractors have informed me that movement of material to this location would be difficult and slow because of the deplorable nature of the road but with the commitment and support of the Federal Road Safety Corps and other agencies, the job would be done in good time.’’
He added the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport were working on a more lasting solution that will reduce the over -dependence on the highway especially by diverting the movement of heavy duty cargo from the roads to the railways.
While addressing youths who gathered at the site of the collapsed bridge, Osinbajo conveyed the greetings of President Muhammadu Buhari to the community and urged for patience while government’s efforts are in top gear to fix both the collapsed bridge and the road.
The Acting President was companies on the visit by Fashola; the state governor, Abubakar Bello, the Estu Nupe, Dr Yahaya Abubakar and other senior government officials.