August 24-28th 2018 will be days Lagosians will not forget in a hurry, these are days the 3rd Mainland Bridge was shut for investigative repair works. These days are hectic for road users where users are left to battle the road with the trailers and tanker drivers.
During these days, a lady discovered a crack at the Eko Bridge of which she raised the alarm on her social media that Eko Bridge may be a danger to all road users soon. This call went round the social media and got the attention of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing of which Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola was the minister. In a tweet by the ministry, they dispel all fears and promised that work will begin soon on the bridge and in fairness, we got a clip where some engineers came to inspect the bridge.
AutoReportNG was at Ijora Olopa earlier this week and we decided to take the bridge and it came as a surprise that the bridge remains the same, no repair, no touch, nothing was done on the bridge despite cries and assurance from the ministry to quickly repair the bridge. The bridge has been turned to a joint where the area boys gathered to drink, smoke and collect their levies.
We did a quick check of this bridge and we noticed that some parts have started to peel off from their joints. This bridge is where the tanker drivers have turned to her garage where they parked their tankers and trailers and this same bridge links Ijora, Apapa, Oyingbo to Island so we can’t decide to take the risks.
We appeal to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to quickly as a matter of urgency repair those parts that are peeling off as soon as possible. We have had an assurance that there is no cause for alarm but the earlier we repair this portion, the better.