June 19, 2024

Following the fire outbreak at the Apongbon axis of the Eko Bridge in the early hours of Wednesday, the Lagos Government has therefore shut the bridge.

Alternative routes have also been announced for diverting traffic and for the safety of motorist. The statement was announced signed by the commissioner for transportation Frederic Oladeinde.

He explained that an integrity assessment will be carried out to ascertain the level of damage caused by the fire accident for adequate rehabilitation of the bridge.

He also advised motorists heading towards Apongbon from Surulere and it’s environs to use the Ijora/Apapa route or Leventis /UBA roundabout to connect Marina and their desired destinations.

He furthermore, still on the advice of the motorists said the they should use Ebute Ero to link inner Marina and third mainland bridge to continue their journey.

Frederic however empathised with owners of shops razed down during the inferno assuring that the state government is fully committed to ensuring the safety of the community public within the metropolis NEMA (The National Emergency Management Agency) also announced that the bridge has been shut completely.

The South West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye in an interview on Wednesday said the closure was necessary because the bridge has been compromised. “The fire has affected the bridge, so it has been compromised safety-wise. So, the Eko bridge has been shut down completely,” Mr Farinloye said.

“We don’t think it can collapse but it has given signs that it is compromised.”

Marvelous Ogidi

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