The rumor that the first Niger Bridge is on danger as the criticize claimed, the Federal government on Friday as blasts those spread this fake news that Niger-Bridge is at risk to collapse.
A Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, who raised the alarm tackled as he claimed that the Bridge is at risk to collapse soon if the federal government reacts to the maintenance of the first Niger-Bridge, which viral on social media post.
Adeyemo Ajani and Moshood Jimoh, Federal Controllers in charge of Anambra and Delta States, who made it clear that nothing was wrong with the bridge in terms of its structural stability.
They told reporters that Messrs. Setraco Construction Co. Ltd carried out extensive repairs and maintenance of bridge between the years 2005 – 2006.
They said the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing awarded the emergency repairs of the bridge to Messrs. Matiere-Johnson Consortium Ltd on 6th August 2013 with an extended completion date of 31st December 2019.
Conducting reporters around the bridge through Onitsha and Asaba ends, Ajani said the existing Niger Bridge was a steel Bridge of 1.4km length across the River Niger linking Anambra and Delta States.
He maintained the government had not, in any way abandoned it, adding that very soon the new asphalt overlay would be done on the bridge.
Ajani further said the bridge had fixed and rocker bearings to allow for longitudinal thermal movement.
He disclosed there were five basic types of the support structure for bridges, adding the vibration was normal as it was designed like that.
He noted the first Niger bridge was designed to function on roller supports, which he said acted at angular movements.
No doubt, Jimoh on his on the part, made it clear, that the bridge was not designed to carry static loads.