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Lagos begins bridge repairs after PUNCH report

Renovation of the pedestrian bridge at the 7-Up Bus Stop at the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has commenced, PUNCH Metro can confirm.

The reconstruction began a week after PUNCH Metro reported on October 17 that the bridge posed threats to lives as the majority of the railings were missing.

PUNCH Metro observed that while coming from the Ojodu Berger area inward Lagos, one would hardly see that the bridge was in a bad condition due to an advert banner that covered it.

However, the poor state of the bridge became obvious coming from Oworonshoki inward Berger.

However, during a visit by our correspondent on Tuesday morning, it was observed that bricks were used for the reconstruction while caution signals were placed around the bridge for pedestrians to be careful as work began on it.

A pedestrian, Alabi Kolawole, who spoke with our correspondent expressed gratitude to the Lagos State Government for the renovation, adding that it would save many lives.

“I must appreciate the Lagos State Government for this. Also, I read the initial report of the danger the bridge posed in The PUNCH last week. I believe this led to the intervention of the government. This renovation would save the lives of many passing the bridge and encourage others to make use of it,” he said.

A trader, Matthew Uche, expressed excitement seeing the renovation ongoing on the bridge.

He said, “I am happy this is going on. I hope the government completes this in time. This is a swift response to work.”

Earlier, while speaking with our correspondent, Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sanwo-Olu, who expressed worry about how railings fixed on the bridge could have disappeared, described it as an act of vandalism.

He, however, noted that the Ministry of Works would visit the bridge to ascertain the damage and fix it.

“How can rails disappear? Probably some people have gone to tamper with the railings. I will inform the works department to go and check,” the CPS told PUNCH Metro in a telephone interview last Monday.

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