by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for its intervention in the repairs of collapsed bridges and other infrastructures on federal roads in the state.
Governor Lalong was speaking during an inspection of on-going work at the Sabon Gida Bridge in Qua’an Pan local government council, which is one of the federal roads affected in the state.
He expressed delight with the quick intervention of the federal government, following his appeal to Mr. President and a personal visit to the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in Abuja where he sought for immediate intervention.
According to him, “I am very happy with the level of work on-going on this bridge in Sabon Gida, which links Plateau and Nasarawa State from this axis.
“This unfortunate damage has caused untold hardships to our people where, in some cases, bridges have collapsed and some portions washed away. When I took the cry to the federal government, they assured me that something will be done; and I am here to witness it,” he noted.
Speaking also, the State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Pam Bot-Mang, said the State Ministry of Works has been working with the Federal Controller of Works in the state to ensure that the work is carried out seamlessly.
He said the state has also provided palliative measures to ease movement, while the federal government carries out major work.
The Federal Controller of Works for Plateau State, Engr. Usman Magin, explained that, some of the problems are associated with old infrastructures, increased rain and de-silting, which changed the water course, leading to the damages, and assured that, some of the old bridges will be replaced, while others will be fixed.