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Works Minister, Umahi Reacts Over Vandalisation Of 2nd Niger Bridge

THE Minister of Works, David Umahi has condemned the vandalization of the superstructure of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
Umahi in a statement signed by Mr Orji Uchenna, his Special Adviser on  Media Tuesday in Abuja, said the act was cruel and cowardly.
The Minister expressed deep shock that  reports of the vandalism were still being recorded  in spite of the presence of the  private security  outfit deployed  by the  Ministry to man the area.
“The ministry condemns, in the strongest terms, this ruthless destruction of the expansion joints, as a deliberate act of sabotage on a key national infrastructure.
“It is saddening that a human being with the right senses could destroy such a critical and strategic treasure that catalysis Nigeria’s socio-economic advancement.
“The 2nd Niger Bridge which was handed over by the Renewed Hope administration on Dec. 12, 2023,  after its completion, is one of the  projects intended to bridge the gap in the road infrastructure .
“It will  boost economic activities by expanding access into the southern part of Nigeria, creating vistas of tourism and trade opportunities and improving road safety along the corridor,” he said.
Umahi  appreciated the public for their zeal and concerns by raising  the desired  alarm  that trended widely on media platforms on the act.
He  assured the public that a more formidable security  architecture was being activated to forestall further havoc on the facilities.
The Minister added that  a technical team has also  been directed  to inspect, evaluate  and reinstate the damaged parts of the superstructure.
He enjoined  all road users, residents and authorities within the bridge to help keep watch against persons  who vandalise or tamper with the road infrastructure facilities on the project.
He urged them to arrest or report such persons to the nearest police station or call the ministry’s hotlines –  SA Media on 08030986263..
Other contacts included : Controller of Works FMW Anambra State on 08033389700; the Controller of Works, FMW Delta State on, 08067736638 and Director Highways, Bridges and Design FMW on 08037056860

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