- The federal government on Friday, December 7, re-opened the Ijora/7up Bridge
- The bridge was declared open again for use by the federal controller of works, Adedamola kuti
- A section of the bridge was closed for repairs in July, 2018
After about five months after a section of the Ijora/7Up Bridge was closed for repairs, the federal government has opened it for vehicular access.
The closed section of the bridge was opened at 6pm on Friday, December 7, when the federal controller of works, Adedamola kuti, declared it open for public use, Punch reports.
The managing director and chief executive officer of Hallekem Limited, the project contractor, Haim Halle, said that the repair of the 325 metres stretch of the bridge was completed in five months, contrary to the one year period mentioned in the contract.
The bridge was closed for repairs and fortification following the partial completion of work on the two-kilometre stretch of the road leading into Apapa, Lagos.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria was set to lose over N200 billion, if the Ijora-Apapa Bridge in Lagos was blocked for two months by the federal government.
The Nigerian federal government makes between N1.2 trillion and N1.3 trillion annually from the ports through the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The federal government had recently announced that it would close the Ijora-Apapa Bridge for “permanent repairs” as soon as stakeholders come up with alternative routes for use by commuters.
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