The federal government has announced plans to import equipment worth €1.2 million to maintain the Eko bridge in Lagos state.
David Umahi, minister of works made this disclosure during his inspection of the Third Mainland, Carter, Falomo, Iddo, Eko, Marina, and Iganmu bridges in Lagos state at the weekend.
According to a statement issued to Businessday on Sunday, the minister noted that the reason for deflection on the bridge was lack of maintenance from the national level, other than the last administration where intervention came from and the state government.
“Due to the technicality of the job on Eko bridge where the bridge deck would be opened, equipment worth one point two million Euros would be imported into the Country that would be used in maintaining the aspect of the bridge.
“Eko Bridge suffered two problems such as lack of maintenance, and the bearings eating up, lots of the pair gaps have serious issues but the last administration did outstanding work.
Umahi also disclosed a plan to ensure the completion of the project in 2024 adding that there was a need for an increase in the number of workers and equipment to site.
“Without Eko bridge, we will not have any trucks coming into the Island so that is our saviour. I thank the President and the National Assembly for looking at the infrastructure strategically in Lagos state, the financial capital of the country which has lots of national infrastructure that tremendously add to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) therefore it cannot be neglected,” he added.