By Chinelo Nwangene
Anambra state government on Thursday dispelled rumours that one of the three legacy flyover bridges along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway in Awka, the state capital, was on the verge of collapse.
The state commissioner for works, Marcel Ifejiofor, who made the clarification after an inspection tour of the facility at Arroma area of Awka on Thursday morning, urged the public to ignore the false alarm of the bridge’s impending collapse in the social media.
Ifejiofor who took journalists around the bridge stated that the alleged cracks being posted around as a sign that the bridge was collapsing had nothing to do with the integrity of the bridge. He insisted that the bridge was strong and safe.
“The Arroma bridge was built to global standard and the expansion is an intrinsic part of bridge construction and does not indicate a crack.
“The three flyover bridges at Aroma, Kwatta and Amawbia were awarded in 2014 and 2015 and remain safe not to mention the fifteen other bridges built across the state by the Obiano administration.
“Our projects are built to last. People are questioning why we put a barricade to stop heavy-duty vehicles plying it, but we know why. It’s a hilly area, and we don’t want articulated vehicles failing while plying them. We are very well aware of what we did there,” Ifejiofor said.
The commissioner assured Anambra people of the commitment of Governor Obiano to the safety of lives at all times.
Earlier, the construction manager of IDC, Yousssef Zghaib, who handled the project, said that the embankment and the bridge were separate units and assured that there was no cause for alarm.