Work will soon resume at the construction site of the Guto/Bagana Bridge across River Benue with the northern and southern link roads in Nasarawa and Kogi States, an official of the promoters of the project, Digital Toll Company Limited, told Sunday Trust at the weekend.
In a telephone interview, a director of Digital Toll, Barrister Phillip Okala, said all the political issues that stalled the project had been resolved and the necessary agreements on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) deal had been signed with relevant organisations.
Barrister Okala said, "A lot of political interference and suspicion led to the suspension of the project. We were accused of even misusing the funds, but after thorough investigations, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) consultants which evaluated work done said we had put in over N8 billion. The coast is now clear for us to resume work on the site."
The director said the recent floods in the area, which caused mayhem in Nasarawa, Benue and Kogi States, have given the company an insight into the possible water level at the bridge in the event of torrential rainfall in future.
Barrister Okala said, "Based on the ongoing floods, we're going to raise the height of Bagana Bridge. We have been there to see things for ourselves. We never expected that water would reach the level it did during this year's flood. But we consider the flooding a blessing in disguise, because it has given us an idea of how high water could rise under the bridge. We're taking these things into consideration."
He added that Digital Toll would mobilise its men and materials to the project site as soon as the rainy season is over, and that funds necessary to execute the project have been sourced.