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FG approves N6bn to maintain Third Mainland Bridge

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, approved the sum of N6.28 billion for surface maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge, in Lagos State.

The meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the State House in Abuja.

Briefing State House Correspondents, after the meeting, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said the 24-month repair will cover 11 kilometers including interchanges, ramps, and critical links.

He said in line with Executive Order 11 signed by the President Muhammadu Buhari, in April 2022, which gave legal backing to the country’s national maintenance policy.

The approval came barely two weeks after the Lagos State Government said it would undertake rehabilitation works on the 32-year-old Bridge to repair failed and peeled asphaltic sections and substructure.

Mr Fashola who assured that there will be no duplication of efforts, noted that the State’s Public Works Corporation will focus on the functional structure of the bridge such as the underwater piles, while the FG will undertake surface maintenance to treat potholes and restore missing guard rails.

According to him, Council approved a fresh contract for the maintenance of the pavement of the third mainland bridge and this was approved in the sum of N6.28bn for a period of 24 months.

The Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adegoroye, explained that the devices were necessary to enhance security of lives and property in the nation’s railway facilities.

Adegoroye added that: “The Federal Ministry of Transportation had two memos today, which I presented on behalf of the ministry.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare