Babatunde Raji Fashola, Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has affirmed that the Third mainland bridge would be closed for three days for repairs and not 27 months as earlier rumored.
While addressing the issue on Channels TV today, he confirmed that the closure will start on the 27th of July till July 29th.
”I think somebody mistook the date 27th of July for 27 months, I don’t know how that came about but there was a signed statement from my office and it didn’t contain 27 months”
The Minister said the 3-day closure would afford the contractors the opportunity to assess the true state of the road after which repair works will commence by the end of the year or at the start of next year (2019).
The minister also noted that the closure would have come much earlier, but the government decided to wait until schools begin to go on vacation, in order to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads.
“The statement we put out was that it was going to be closed for three days, from the 27th of July. We were torn between maintenance and safety and people’s convenience but essentially, the first three days at the end of this month as issued in our press statement, will be for investigative work to be conducted to assess the current condition. There is a procurement for maintenance that has been approved but between that time and now, some things may have changed so we wanted to do an examination again just to be sure that there has been no material deterioration beyond what we procured. After that, our engineers and contracting firms will then lay out the plan of works. Some of the equipment and materials have to be imported, either later in the year or early next year, then we will be able to start the repair. That will imminently compel some closure as we have had in the past when I was governor. We closed it for about 12 weeks but (this time) we will try to reduce the period of closure as much as possible,”