Declare state of emergency on infrastructure, NASS urges

The National Assembly has charged President Bola Tinubu to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s infrastructure.

This is as the Federal Government mobilised the contractor handling the rehabilitation project on Carter Bridge, Lagos with N7b as it reiterated its determination to complete ongoing infrastructure construction and rehabilitation projects.

According to the Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Works, Sen. Barinada Mpigi and Hon. Akin Alabi respectively, the state of emergency declaration becomes imperative given the enormity of the challenges on ground.

While noting that the situation of the nation’s infrastructure calls for thinking outside the box, the lawmakers pointed out that the financial requirements needed to fix the nation’s infrastructure are well beyond the capacity of annual appropriations.

However, the lawmakers who were in the entourage of the Minister of Works, David Umahi during an inspection tour of the Third Mainland, Eko and Carter bridges linking Lagos Mainland with Victoria Island yesterday assured that the National Assembly will do everything possible within the limits of the law to help fund the projects given their importance in the scheme of things in the nation’s commercial nerve centre.

According to a statement by the Ministry’s Director of Information, Ben Goong yesterday, the Minister and his entourage also inspected the ongoing rehabilitation works on the first section of the Third Mainland Bridge, where he declared that the rehabilitation work on Carter would soon commence having mobilised the contractor handling the project with N7b a couple of days ago.

He emphasised that the successful completion of rehabilitation works on phase one of the Third Mainland Bridge is a clear indication that the Tinubu administration is on course not only to rehabilitate the Third Mainland Bridge but also to carry out comprehensive repairs on Eko and Carter bridges in Lagos in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government.



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