Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 November 2012

Nigeria: Jubilation As Work Commences On Kaduna 'Killer Bridge'

Kaduna — There was jubilation yesterday in Romi-Karatudu, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, following commencement of work on the road/ bridge, named 'killer bridge' due to the number of crashes recorded on it.

The contract award for work on the bridge is coming a few weeks after a feature was published by Daily Trust titled, "The Killer Bridge".

Our correspondent reports that yesterday, people of the area trooped out baring placards, with inscriptions hailing Kaduna State government.

Speaking on behalf of the communities, Sir Gbagyi, Danjuma Barde, said many people have been killed on that road/ bridge due to its poor state.

"This is a mile stone by the Kaduna State government. A lot of people, both children and youths have died as a result of the poor state of the road/ bridge," Barde said.

Barde, who said that the road will link a lot of communities in Television and Kakau districts, warned the people of the communities to support the contractors for fast and quality work.

The traditional ruler also appealed to the contractors to engage youths of the area in the construction work to reduce unemployment.

Addressing the people, Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, said he was at the site to ascertain if the contractors have commenced work.

Also speaking, Engr. Suleiman Yahaya Richifa, the state's commissioner for works, said the state executive council approved the project last month following reports that many people have lost their lives on the bridge.

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