By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Federal Government said it would replace the collapsed bridge in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau state with concrete repairs .
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola who made the disclosure on Monday, when Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau visited his office in Abuja.
Fashola ,who commiserated with the government and people of plateau state said temporary relief would be undertaken by the Federal Controller of Works in Plateau State in collaboration with the State Government and Chairman of Wase Local Government.
Speaking further that the minister stated that the new concrete bridge would be a long term solution to the perennial problem which the bridge had suffered as a result of heavy rainfall.
While explaining that the design of the bridge would take his Ministry’s design team about eight weeks to complete.
He however, mentioned that the final implementation of the concrete bridge plan would depend on the availability of fund.
A statement signed by Boade Akinola
Director (Press and Public Relations Unit) said,he commended the Governor for his quick response to the natural disaster saying that the Governor put a call to him as soon as the incident occurred which enabled him to schedule the meeting.
“Our intention is to do a design with a new concrete bridge across the waterways and that will take us about eight weeks going by the design team of the Ministry”.
In his response, the Plateau State Governor,Simon Lalong, thanked the Minister for scheduling the meeting within a short notice .
Lalong full of gratitude to the minister for the outcome of the meeting, explained, that the level of damage on the bridge . He also pointed out the the importance of the bridge to the state in facilitating commercial activities in the Wase and Langtang local governments respectively .