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FG plans to redesign second Niger Bridge

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Plans are on  the  way to redesign the second  Niger bridge to prevent suicide attempts.

This was made known by the Federal Controller of Works in Anambra  State, Adeyemo  Ajani, when  members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Abuja  branch  inspected the progress on the works at the Ogbaru site of the bridge, recently.

According to him, “There has been rapid progress on the project. The last time the minister and the vice-president came, it was 15 per cent level completion but today, it is above 21 per cent. When you look at it from the time the project started, we are now at 24 per cent completion. During an earlier inspection, the NSE Abuja chairman, Chinasaokwu Okoli made a few recommendation on the  design  to prevent  cases  of suicide.”

He explained  that ,  “What we have on the walk lane is our standard design but what the engineers are talking about is a kind of review. If we have to do abnormal design to take care of suicidal situations, it will require another design. ”

Ajani said that , “The project is fully crafted and the work is being handled and supervised well. Our concerns are positive. All the places that could raise concerns have been properly tidied up. The only area we have concern is the pedestrian walkway.”

He disclosed that, ” With what we are hearing about people jumping over the bridge and committing suicide, we feel it could be raised up a bit to make it a little difficult for those who may think of committing suicide here.”

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