Senator Ashafa Urges Lagosians To Cooperate With Govt As FG Closes 3rd Mainland Bridge For Repairs
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has urged Lagosians to cooperate with both the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government over the Federal Government’s planned closure of the third mainland bridge. The bridge is scheduled to be closed between the 23rd and 26th of August 2018.
Ashafa who described the closure of the bridge as “a necessary inconvenience and a little sacrifice”, traced the history of the repairs of the bridge back to 2013 when he raised a Motion on the floor of the Senate calling for the Federal Government to rehabilitate the 28-year-old bridge.
The statement reads as follows “On 7th February 2013, I moved a motion calling on the Federal Government to immediately conduct a comprehensive rehabilitation of the 3rd Mainland Bridge. This was borne out of an independent assessment showed that substantial portions of the bridge had began to fail.”
“Following, this motion, the Government has 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 road daily.”
“Once again, the Government has scheduled a closure of the bridge for a pre-maintenance assessment between the 23rd and 26th of August, 2018.”
“I am fully aware of the inconvenience that the closure of this critical infrastructure will cause all of us. However, we must see it as a necessary inconvenience and a little sacrifice we must all pay for the safety of the millions of lives that ply the 3rd Mainland bridge.”
“The Government of Lagos State in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing have put in place palliative measures to ensure that this period of closure is as seamless as possible for all all Lagosians. I therefore urge you all to cooperate with the government and observe the travel advisory as released by the Lagos State Government in the next few days.”