By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday said until the second Niger bridge project is completed, the high density of vehicular traffic at the Asaba and Onitsha ends of the bridge would continue to occur especially at yuletide season.
Okowa stated this at Government House Asaba during a press conference with the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Dr Boboye Oyeyemi on the strategies to control free flow of traffic on the Niger bridge during the yuletide season.
The governor said the state government had concluded plans to set up a taskforce comprising the police, the military, FRSC officials and the Delta State Traffic Management Authority to handle the traffick situation.
He called on the military and the police to dismantle their check points around the bridge so as not to frustrate any action aimed at easing off the traffick gridlock, even as he said his administration would not cease to assist the Corps with logistics in traffick management and solicited the cooperation of all in making the road safe for all.
“I am glad that the boss of the FRSC is here again this year to ensure that we have free flow of traffic across the River Niger bridge. You have done this yearly for which we are very grateful.
“Personally, I thought that there will be less of travelling this year but apparently from the brief I have, it appears that people are even travelling the more this year but I am glad that you have come to see what you men are doing in combination with the task force that we are setting up.
“It is my hope that working together, they (our taskforce and FRSC officials) will be able to ensure truly that we have a free flow of traffic at that point (the River Niger Bridge). The question is until the second Niger Bridge is truly finished, we may be going through this ritual (traffick gridlock) on a yearly basis,” the governor said.
On the second wave of COVID-19, Governor Okowa advised residents of the state to celebrate with caution as the virulent pandemic was out to claim more lives, emphasizing that churches must enforce compulsory wearing of face masks, use of hand sanitizer and strict observance of social distancing among other protocols that would keep the virus at bay.