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Vandalism: FG spends N3.8bn to repair four bridges – Fashola

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has mentioned that over N3.8 billion is getting used to restore 4 bridges broken by vandals and petrol-laden tankers.

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Fashola disclosed this in Abuja at a City Corridor Assembly on the Safety of Public Infrastructure on Monday.

The city corridor assembly was organised by the Ministry of Data and Tradition to deal with the incessant and worsening destruction of essential infrastructure.

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The minister, who was a panellist on the city corridor assembly, mentioned that N203 million was getting used to restore the Otedola bridge in Lagos State, which was broken by fireplace attributable to a petroleum laden tanker.

Based on him, the Kara bridge broken by fireplace from a petrol-laden tanker was being repaired with N605 million, whereas the Tamburawa bridge in Kano State, which was broken by unlawful mining actions, was additionally being repaired with N1.8 billion.

Fashola additionally revealed that over N200 million contracts had been awarded for the restore of the airport hyperlink bridge in Lagos additionally destroyed by a petroleum laden tanker.

Apart from the 4 bridges, the minister mentioned that N813.5 million was getting used for the reconstruction of three bridges broken by insurgents in Borno and Gombe states.

Fashola mentioned the damages are regrettable as a result of they’re consuming the restricted assets that might have been used to deal with different nagging points dealing with the nation.

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He famous that “no nation grows past the capability of its infrastructure’’ and the nation should optimise the little it has.

“You see, what this does is that it impacts all people in a really destructive method and the opposite level to make is that each one of those damages to public property are literally killing all of us.

“All of those monies that we’re spending might have been put to different makes use of.

“They might have purchased medicine, they might have executed so many different issues as a substitute of going to repeat or rebuild what we have now already constructed,’’ he mentioned.

The minister underscored the necessity to strengthen the legal guidelines prescribing sanctions, starting from penalties, fines to phrases of imprisonment upon conviction for the offences.

He mentioned that because the legal guidelines have been already in existence, there was no want for brand spanking new ones however to improve the prevailing ones in tune with present realities.

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