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The Federal Government has on Friday, 7th December 2018, reopened the closed section of Ijora-Apapa bridge.
The bridge is reported to have been on reconstruction five months to the moment of report.
The reopening of the 326 metres was executed at 6am on Friday by the Federal Controller of Works; Mr. Adedamola Kuti, other officials of the federal ministry of works and engineers from the awarded construction company.
According to Kuti, the reconstruction was majorly based on the reinforcement of pillars, replacement of damaged expansion joints, repair of drainage pipes as well as re-asphalting and painting.
Haim Halle, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hallekem Limited, to which the contract was awarded, said the repair works which began in July, took a while to complete because the company had to import special materials for the repair from Germany. He also blamed the delay on the difficulty in getting the materials out from the Nigerian ports, adding that:
“we did a thorough job because we have a name and reputation. Motorists are going to have a pleasant experience on the bridge.”
The Ijora Bridge is one of the only two major routes to Apapa ports. The other is Apapa-Oshodi Expressway. This explains why Apapa as a port city is not only congested but also suffocating businesses and residents; many of whom are now hopeful towards the development of their daily businesses.