‘Eko Bridge, roads in threatened by tankers’
THE Federal Government, at the weekend, warned that the integrity of some bridges in Lagos, particularly the Eko Bridge and some roads are threatened by the dead weight of stationary trucks queuing to lift petroleum products.
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr. Godwin Eke in a statement said “efforts of the Federal Ministry of Works and other stakeholders to stop the menace of trucks parking indiscriminately on Eko Bridge, other bridges and roads failed to yield any results.”
He said, “These tankers parked on the bridge add pressure on it, which is not good for the Eko Bridge at all; that bridge can collapse, and this is a big problem.
“So it is something we must tackle now, my concern is the bridge, let it not collapse. Those tankers are there permanently 24 hours from Eko Bridge down to Western Avenue.
“A bridge is not meant to carry an imposed load, anywhere you have a bridge and they park, it is threatened, they are even parking on the Marine Beach Bridge we rehabilitated recently.
“Those tanker drivers are very stubborn; we have been there several times, giving them ultimatum, using force and it did not work.
“It is an emergency, government should summon the political courage to tell them enough is enough even if they go on strike, but before we do that, we need to do some things,” he said.
He was worried that the trucks also parked on other bridges and roads in the state thereby reducing their lifespan.
He said, recently, some steel columns and roller bearings were replaced on a section of Eko Bridge damaged by fire in 2008, pending permanent repairs.
According to Eke, marketers should consider other means of transporting petroleum products and goods across the country to reduce pressure on the roads.
Motorists and commuters, he said suffered hardship and several man-hour loss in traffic gridlock caused by tankers blocking major roads in Apapa, which usually spread to other parts of the city.