"Third Mainland Bridge: A Waiting National Catastrophe"- David Mark

Senate President, David Mark, has warned that the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge would be a major national disaster if allowed to collapse.

This is as the Senate will, today, debate a motion on the imminent collapse of the bridge.

Senator Mark said “the bridge is an important edifice and its collapse will be a major catastrophe, as many lives may be lost.”

The Third Mainland Bridge, measured 11.8 km and connected the Mainland to Lagos Island, was commissioned by former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, in 1990.

The Federal Ministry of Works completed repair works on the bridge last October, after its closure to motorists and commuters for over four months.

At the plenary session on Wednesday, Senator Gbenga Ashafa from Lagos East raised a point of order to bring to the attention of the Senate the state of the bridge, adding that he would want an urgent remedial measures to be taken.

He said the consultant who carried out the post-assessment of the repair works of the bridge discovered that the repair work on its foundation was not properly done.

Ashafa said the consultant discovered that the bridge “could collapse today, tomorrow, next year, five or 10 years and, therefore, there is the urgent need to discuss the imminent collapse.”

The repair of the Third Mainland Bridge before it was re-opened last year reportedly gulped N1.5 billion, including repairs at eight expansion joints of both sides of the bridge.

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