14 February 2013

Nigeria: Senate to Storm Lagos Over Third Mainland Bridge

A Senate committee set up to investigate the fresh alert on the integrity of third mainland bridge is billed to visit Lagos to commission a study on the bridge.

LEADERSHIP reliably gathered that the lawmakers had decided to take seriously the motion on the imminent collapse of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

The committee, which is made of Senate committee on Works as well as some officials of the Federal Ministry of Works, is expected to submit its report to the house in two weeks time.

Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District, had blown the whistle on the bridge in a motion co-sponsored by 55 other Senators.

Ashafa had said that the setting up of the committee was to carry out an immediate independent investigation on the state of the bridge with a view to averting an impending calamity by finding out the true state of the bridge and make recommendations.

He explained that, "A report produced by a company experienced in underwater surveys indicated that the underwater metal casing, housing the concrete piles on which the bridge stands have rusted and this accounts for the vibration experience in some portions of the bridge. This led to the closure of the bridge for repairs between July 7 and October 30, 2012 by the Federal Ministry of Works.

Ashafa emphasised that the report indicated that there was progressive steel casing deterioration in about 1,318 foundation piles and that there was extensive reinforcement bar deterioration in eight piles.

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