From Isaac Anumihe, Abuja

Minister of Works, Engineer Nweze Dave Umahi, yesterday, disclosed that the contractor handling the Carter Bridge in Lagos was mobilised to the tune of N7 billion a couple of days ago, saying that the rehabilitation work will commence in the coming days.

The Minister stated this in Lagos during an inspection tour of the three bridges linking Lagos Mainland with Victoria Island, including the on-going rehabilitation works on the first section of the 3rd Mainland Bridge.

According to him, the successful completion of rehabilitation works on phase one of the 3rd Mainland Bridge is a clear indication that the Tinubu administration is on course not only to rehabilitate the 3rd 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.

Describing the aesthetic markings and solar lights on the Oworonshoki end of the bridge as beautiful and attractive, the minister said the underwater aspects of the project remain the most complicated and critical, adding that the underwater structural damage to the three bridges calls for concern.

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Earlier, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Barinada Mpigi and the Chairman, House Committee on Works, Honourable Akin Alabi, called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s infrastructure, given the enormity of the challenges on ground.

The chairmen said the situation calls for thinking outside the box, adding that the financial requirements needed to fix the nation’s infrastructure is well beyond the capacity of the annual appropriations.

The duo however assured that the National Assembly would 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.

Conducting the minister round different sections of the 3rd Mainland Bridge, the Carter and Eko bridges, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Engineer O.I. Kesha, told the minister that the underwater damage to the three bridges is far more colossal than anyone could imagine.

In a statement, Kesha also took the minister and members of his entourage to several sections of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, some sections of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, among other federal projects in Lagos State.