The Federal Government of Nigeria on Friday warned that the integrity of some bridges in Lagos, particularly the Eko Bridge and some roads were threatened by the dead weight of stationary trucks queuing to lift petroleum products, according to thisday.
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr. Godwin Eke, said “Efforts of the Federal Ministry of Works and other stakeholders to stop the menace of trucks parking indiscriminately on Eko Bridge, other bridges and roads failed to yield any results.”
He said, “These tankers parked on the bridge add pressure on it which is not good for the Eko Bridge at all; that bridge can collapse, and this is a big problem.
“So it is something we must tackle now; my concern is the bridge, let it not collapse. Those tankers are there permanently 24 hours from Eko Bridge down to Western Avenue.
“A bridge is not meant to carry an imposed load, anywhere you have a bridge and they park, it is threatened, they are even parking on the Marine Beach Bridge we rehabilitated recently.
“Those tanker drivers are very stubborn, we have been there several times, giving them ultimatum, using force and it did not work.
“It is an emergency, government should summon the political courage to tell them enough is enough even if they go on strike, but before we do that, we need to do some things”.
Mr Eke, wants marketers should consider other means of transporting petroleum products and goods across the country to reduce pressure on the roads.