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Works Minister affirms Wase-Lantang Bridge overdue for replacement

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, has said the Federal Controller of Works in Plateau State has filed a report with a recommendation for the replacement of the Wase-Lantang Bridge, as the collapsed one is old, assuring that, the ministry has commenced design and costing of the new concrete bridge, which will take two months to complete.

Consequently, the minister has directed that the immediate palliative work should be carried out to restore temporary connection for people of the area, while the permanent solution is being worked out.

The minister was speaking when Governor Simon Lalong visited him at the ministry’s headquarters in Mabushi on Monday, where the minister and governor agreed to set up a team on both sides to follow-up on the intervention.

Babatunde Fashola sympathized with people of Plateau State and the immediate local governments of Wase, Lantang and other areas, who have been negatively impacted by the bridge collapse.

Following the recent visit to the collapsed Wase-Lantang Bridge brought about by heavy rains, the Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, had met with the Minister of Works and Housing to seek for an immediate solution to the menace.

While speaking to the works minister, Governor Lalong narrated thus: “I took a personal visit to the area to see things for myself last week and, as you know, it is a Federal Road. From what I saw, it is something that needs the federal financial might to fix.

“I have asked my people to provide boats as alternatives, for now; but this cannot be sustained for a long time, considering the economic activities that take place in the area. We need the quick intervention of the Federal Government; that is why I decided to pay this visit to you,” he stated.

The governor commended the Federal Government for supporting the state in carrying out roads projects in Plateau State, particularly the Longvel-Yelwa-Ajikamai-Ibi-Federal Road, which is being constructed by the State Government with the hope of refunds afterwards.

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