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Mokwa-Jebba Bridge Collapses 1 Year After Reconstruction



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said the Mokwa-Jebba bridge, after Mowo Junction, 18km from Mokwa and about one kilometre from Tatabu bridge road has collapsed again after one year of repair by the federal government.

The bridge reportedly collapsed on Saturday following a heavy rainfall in the area.

According to FRSC corps public education officer, Bisi Kazeem, vehicular movement from both sides of the road is affected as there is no thorough fare as at the moment.

FRSC therefore advised motorists to ply Lokoja road as an alternative if going to Lagos and Abuja in the interim.

Kazeem said FRSC corps marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, has ordered immediate deployment of more personnel and logistics on the proposed alternative route to cater for the anticipated upsurge in vehicular movements along the route.

Meanwhile, the minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday, said temporary measures were being taken to put the Mokwa-Jebba road back to use within 72 hours.

Fashola identified forces of nature as cause of the collapse of Mowo bridge along Mokwa-Jebba road.

“The bridge collapse is part of the hazards that come with whether changes. All over the world we see them, mudslide, horicane, vocalno, windstorm, damaging public infrastructure. So, Nigeria is not exempted. We know this will cause some discomfort to commuters, and we apologise for this. It is an emergency and we are treating it as such. We are responding.

“A year ago, I think also on the 10th of June, Tatabu bridge also collapsed as a result of rising water level and heavy rainfall and we responded. We have fixed and recontructed a new bridge, which is bigger and better that the box cover that was there. We will do the same thing for what has happened in Mokwa.

“We have gained some experience, from our contractors to our staff, we know what to do and by the time I got aware of it early this morning, all our staff had started responding. It is very encouraging to me that we have built a team and a system that works,” he added.