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Government Allocates €1.2 Million for Eko Bridge Rehabilitation Equipment Infrastructure

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In a resounding commitment to fortify Lagos State’s infrastructure, Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, has unveiled a groundbreaking plan to procure construction equipment worth €1.2 million. This substantial investment is poised to play a pivotal role in expediting the comprehensive rehabilitation of the Eko Bridge, an indispensable artery in the region’s transportation network.

During a meticulous inspection tour encompassing key bridges in Lagos State, including Third Mainland, Carter, Falomo, Iddo, Eko, Marina, and Iganmu, Minister Umahi emphasized the critical importance of acquiring the essential equipment required for the ambitious Eko Bridge repair initiative. This move underscores the government’s unwavering commitment to bolstering critical infrastructure and ensuring the safety and efficiency of the region’s vital transportation corridors.

Minister Umahi elucidated, “Given the intricate nature of the rehabilitation work planned for Eko Bridge, particularly the need to open the bridge deck, we have decided to make a substantial investment of €1.2 million in the acquisition of specialized equipment. This investment will be instrumental in facilitating the meticulous maintenance and revitalization of this essential section of the bridge.”

Furthermore, Minister Umahi acknowledged the two predominant challenges confronting the Eko Bridge: a historical lack of consistent maintenance and the issue of overheating bearings. While commending the commendable strides taken by the previous administration in addressing these pressing concerns, Umahi stressed the imperative of sustained efforts to preserve this vital piece of infrastructure.

“Eko Bridge confronts two primary challenges – a legacy of inadequate maintenance practices and the persistent issue of overheating bearings. While there have been noteworthy improvements, the task remains unfinished. We are actively advocating for an expanded workforce and an influx of state-of-the-art equipment at the project site to expedite the project’s anticipated completion by 2024. Eko Bridge occupies a paramount role in ensuring the seamless flow of goods and people to and from Lagos Island,” Minister Umahi underscored.

The rehabilitation of the Eko Bridge is in line with a broader vision to revamp Lagos State’s transportation network and overall infrastructure, underpinning its centrality in driving economic activities and facilitating the movement of people within the region.

As the government takes proactive steps to address the multifaceted challenges facing this vital bridge, it demonstrates a forward-thinking stance on infrastructure development. The substantial investment in cutting-edge construction equipment signifies an enduring commitment to the long-term safety, efficiency, and sustainability of critical infrastructure in Lagos State.

Source: [The Guardian]

 

 

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