Minister of Power, Works and Housing,
Mr. Babatunde Fashola recently said
that the reconstruction work on Tatabu
bridge along Mokwa-Jebba road would be
completed before the end of 2018.
Fashola said this in Abuja when a
delegation from the Nigerian Association
of Road Transport Owners, NARTO and
Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD paid him
a courtesy visit.
He said the contractor handling the
project was already on site, adding that the
arrangement by the Federal Government
when the bridge collapsed was to have a
temporary road for motorists.
“When I first came on that road, from
llorin to Jebba, your people were there for
two weeks, they could not move but as I
speak to you, that side has improved.
“The contractor has created a temporary
road, while the reconstruction work on the
bridge is ongoing and we cannot complete
the project in 14 days even with all the
resources available,” he said.
He said plans had been concluded in
the ministry to have a workshop with
members of NARTO and PTD on ways to
make Nigerian roads safe and durable.
The minister said President
Muhammadu Buhari had approved that
certain vehicles would be restricted from
being loaded beyond a certain point in
ports and NNPC depots.
According to him, before we will start
the implementation, we thought we
should have a workshop with you so that
you will know what we want to do.
Dr. Kassim Bataiya, the President of
NARTO and leader of the delegation,
commended the minister for his efforts
in addressing the problems of decaying
infrastructure in the country.
He said several reasons account for
the failure of roads in the country but
observed that the Federal Government
was particularly pointing accusing fingers
on overloading of trucks.
“While agreeing that overloading is
one of the causes, we have consistently
maintained that standards in road design,
materials, construction and supervision
are compromised,” he said.
He pledged the commitment of NARTO
and PTD to cooperate with the Federal
Government to ensure sanity, safety and
security on Nigerian roads.
He also assured that members of their
unions will be oriented and sensitised on
their roles in ensuring drivers adhere to
traffic rules and regulations.

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