Lagos declares 3rd Mainland Bridge safe

Lagos State Government, yesterday,
declared the Third Mainland Bridge safe for
public use following apprehension raised in some quarters over the bridge’s condition.

The government, however, stressed the need for
regular maintenance programme by Federal
Government.
This came as Lagos appealed to Federal
Government to make good its promise by
refunding the N51 billion it spent over the years for the rehabilitation of Federal Roads in the state.

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr.
Obafemi Hamzat, spoke during the 2013
ministerial briefing on the activities of his
ministry and to mark the sixth year of Governor
Babatunde Fashola’s administration.

Hamzat said: “Federal Government last year
shut the Third Mainland Bridge for about four
months, to carry out maintenance works on the
bridge.
“The bridge was closed so that the expansion
joints could be repaired. It was designed as a
county leaver that is why it vibrates when
vehicle moves on it. This doesn’t mean the
bridge is not safe.” It is safe. There is need for
Federal Government to visit the bridge and carry out checks on it to ascertain its stability.

“We know that for them to carry out any check,
someone will need to go under the water to see
if the base of the bridge is stable.
“Therefore, Federal Government needs to put in
place a maintenance structure for all its bridge,
especially the Third Mainland Bridge, for those
public facilities to serve the citizens longer than expected.”


… launches audio-visual kit for drivers

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos
State, yesterday, inaugurated Drivers’ Education Multilingual Audio-Visual Training Aid and stressed the need for effective adherence to road safety measures in the state.

Fashola, who inaugurated the self-training kit
tagged Defensive Driving in Ikeja, said the
visual-audio kit, produced in Nigeria’s major
languages, would help to sensitise residents,
especially drivers, on road safety measures.
He said: “It will further reduce the number of
road crashes recorded yearly within the state.
Nigeria today has the highest cases of road
accidents in Africa.

“In the first half of 2012, 1,936 people were
killed through road accidents and 162 per
100,000 people die of road accidents in the
country.
”If this must be reduced, the drivers are
important because they decide the vehicle’s
speed, the route and when the vehicle operates
daily.

“The vehicle and the road aren’t important to
my administration than the life of the driver and the passengers, who would be affected when accidents occur in the state.

”From one accident, many families are affected
directly by an act that could be avoided. Many
have stopped school due to accident, since their
breadwinners have passed on to the other side
through accident.”

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