Bida-Minna Highway Bridge Collapses, Commuters stranded

Bida-Minna Highway Bridge Collapse
The Bida-Minna Highway bridge has collapsed for the second time this year due to excessive rainfall in the area during the last several weeks, forcing users of the already congested highway to take a jungle path as an alternative route.It has become an annual practice for the bridge in Sabongida village, a few kilometres from Minna, the state capital, to collapse during the rainy season.

The route is a key highway that connects motorists travelling from the south to the north, particularly from Lagos-Kwara-Niger-Abuja.

The current administration awarded Dantata and Sawoe the construction of the less than 100-kilometer road in 2018 for more than N20 billion, with the groundbreaking ceremony taking place in 2019.

Since the take off of the project, only about six kilometres of the road out of the 89 killometre have been graded with only about four kilometres asphalt laid.

With the present situation, commuters coming from the southern part of the country are now forced to follow bush path as alternative route to Bida after linking Mange Vunla to Lemu the headquarters of Gbako Local Government Area, LGA.

Some of the commercial bus drivers plying the road, who spoke with Vanguard’s Correspondent, lamented the hardship they are facing over the bad road and called on the state government to intervene immediately.

“This road had been like this in the past years especially with the bridges collapsing every year and we expect the government to have taken action for long on the road,” one Mallam Muhamned  Alkali lamented,”

Efforts to contact the state commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development,  Mamma Lafiya  proved abortive.

Meanwhile, Motorists plying the Highway have been advised to exercise restraint at Sabon-Gida in Gbako Local Government following the collapse of the bridge for the second time this year.

Spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Niger State, Mr Habibu Egigogo, who gave the warning, said “There is a collapsed bridge at Sabon-Gida on the Bida-Minna Road; motorists are advised to take caution when approaching. Alternative road has been created for small vehicles, while men of the FRSC Bida are at the scene controlling traffic.”

Egigogo said the bridge collapsed on Sunday as a result of pressure on it by heavy duty trucks moving in large numbers.

“The government banned articulated vehicles from following the road, but at night they always find their way to the same road,” he said.

Ada Peter

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