FG beefs up security around second Niger Bridge after vandalism

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The Federal Government has ordered security agencies to beef up surveillance patrols around the second Niger Bridge and its surroundings to prevent further vandalisation.

Mahmuda Mamman, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, disclosed this on Monday in Asaba while inspecting the bridge.

“We came here purposely to see the level of vandalisation and to also interface with the people and take the necessary measures to avoid recurrence and have also interfaced with the contractor handling the project, Julius Berger, and I must say it is really unfortunate.

”We have, however, engaged and written to security agencies, asking them to intensify surveillance activities along the bridge so that this does not happen again,” he said.

He also called on host communities in Anambra and Delta states to engage in more sensitisation/advocacy against the vandalisation of the bridge.

Mamman condemned the removal of some metal components from the bridge by vandals but said that safeguarding national assets could not be left to the security agencies alone.

“The host communities also have roles to play in that regard, The Federal Government has actually done what it is supposed to do.’’ he said.

The permanent secretary explained that the bridge was a massive infrastructure put in place by the Federal Government to ease movement of goods and services for Nigerians.

Speaking on some of the challenges hindering the completion of the project, Mamman said,” one of the challenges hindering the completion of this project is security challenge.

”With the recent development, we are hoping that with the commitment the contractor has given to us, in the next three months everything about the second Niger bridge will be completed.”

On his part, the Director, Highways, Bridge and Design, Omotayo Awosanya, who decried the rate of vandalisation, advised the host communities to own the project by safeguarding and protecting it.

 




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