- The senator representing Lagos east senatorial district, Gbenga Ashafa, has pleaded with Lagosians to bear with the state and federal governments over the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge
- Senator Ashafa in his statement said that the temporary closure of the 28-year-old bridge is a necessary sacrifice for residents in the state
- He also said that the government at both state and federal levels are doing their utmost to reduce traffic inconveniences throughout the period of the closure
Gbenga Ashafa, the senator representing the Lagos east senatorial district, has urged residents in the state to cooperate with both the government and the presidency on the temporary closure of the Third Mainland Bridge, Punch reports.
The senator, who remarked that the bridge was scheduled to be shut between Thursday, August 23, and Sunday, August 26, said that the closure was a necessary sacrifice, adding that in 2013 he raised a motion on the floor of the Senate requesting the federal government to rehabilitate the 28-year-old bridge.
He said: “Following the motion then, the Federal Government committed itself to necessary periodic repairs to ensure that the bridge is safe and strong to carry the weight of thousand of vehicles that ply the bridge daily.”
“I am fully aware of the inconvenience that the latest closure of this critical infrastructure will cause all of us. However, we must see it as a necessary inconvenience and a little sacrifice that we must all pay for the safety of the millions of lives that ply the Third Mainland Bridge.”
The senator exuded confidence in the palliative measures put together by the state government in conjunction with the federal ministry of power, works and housing to reduce traffic inconveniences throughout the period of the closure.
Ashafa said: “I therefore urge you all to cooperate with the government and observe the travel advisory as released by the government.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that the Lagos state Government had said that the Third Mainland Bridge would be temporarily shut down for from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26, 2018 for Investigative Maintenance Test to be carried out.
The state’s commissioner for works and infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya, in a statement on Sunday, August 19, appealed for the cooperation, support and understanding of all motorists and residents during the closure.
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