Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday ordered contractors handling the temporary bridge at Tatabu village in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State to complete the work in two weeks.
The bridge which links the South-West geopolitical zone, was washed away two months ago by flood caused by heavy rain.
Osinbajo, accompanied by the state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, visited the site and directed the contractors to complete the project in two weeks.
He said, “This is an important route and we can assure you all that the temporary road will be done as fast as possible. We have got the assurances of the contractors handling the road. The road will be passable in a fortnight.
“The government will surely find a permanent solution to the frequent collapse of bridges along this very important highway which links the North and South-West geopolitical zone of the country.”
He added that “though there are challenges in moving materials from Jebba to the site due to the long queue of trailers, I can assure you that everyone is committed to making sure the road is made passable as quickly as possible.”
“The roads are not strong enough to take 70 to 80 tonnes of load; that is why we are working hard to make sure the rail network takes off as soon as possible.
“This is a huge nation with several road networks and we have to understand that most of the roads are taking much heavy traffic and tonnage than they can take,” he said.