June 24, 2021

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Yuletide: FG reopens Murtala Muhammed Bridge in Kogi

FG has reopened the closed section of the Murtala Muhammad Bridge, on Abuja-Lokoja highway to ease traffic congestion during the Yuletide.

By Friday Idachaba

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has reopened the closed section of the Murtala Muhammad Bridge, Jamata, on Abuja-Lokoja highway to ease traffic congestion during the Yuletide.

Engr. Kajogbola Jimoh, Federal Controller of Works in Kogi State, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lokoja.

Kajogbola said that though the rehabilitation work on the dual carriage bridge was yet to be completed, a substantial part of the  Lokoja-bound portion had been done.

He said what was left is the fixing of the expansion joints which the contractor said were being imported.

He said that the reopening of the  bridge was to address the heavy vehicular movement during the festivity.

“If the closed section is not opened, Nigerians will suffer during this festive period and that is why we are insisting that they should open it for now till when the contractor is able to get the new expansion joints”, he said.

Kajogbola said the ministry was  collaborating with Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials and the contractor to remove the barricades and redirect the traffic.

He pointed out that the reopening was an interim arrangement saying, “This is just temporary reopening, the work is for two years and the contractor has not spent up to a year.

“So, it’s just to let Nigerians know that the Federal Government cares about them and that we are working and to tell them what stage we are on the project.

The Controller appealed to motorists to be patient, resist temptation to drive against traffic and keep their vehicles in good condition to avoid breakdown. (NAN)

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