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Governor Douye Diri has directed the Bayelsa State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to repair the collapsed portion of the bridge on the Edepie-Otuasega-Imiringi road in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
The governor, who gave the directive on Saturday during an inspection of the failed portion, said he asked the ministry to carry out remedial work on the federal road project as its users were Bayelsans that suffer the effect of the damage.
The road, which links three local government areas in the state, was cut off by erosion on Wednesday leaving commuters stranded on both sides.
The governor’s spokesman, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him in a statement as saying that his administration would not fold its arms and watch Bayelsans suffer as a result of the collapsed bridge.
He said the level of damage indicated that thorough work was not done by the contractor and the engineers that supervised the construction.
“Recently, the federal government told states not to repair their roads. But this road links three local government areas and the primary users are Bayelsans. So, while we know it is a federal road, we had to take immediate action.
“To ameliorate the suffering of our people, the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure mobilised down here to ensure that remedial work is done to allow our people to move.
“It is however unfortunate that the job that was done appears not to be a very concrete one. I’m sure if the engineers come to here, they will know where the problem lies,” the governor said.
While responding to questions from journalists, Senator Diri said with the pace of work, the failed portion would be fixed in about one week.
He was accompanied by Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere, another legislator, Hon. Tonye Isenah, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Benson Agadaga as well as the Commissioner for Special Duties (Bayelsa East), Preye Broderick and her Communication, Science and Technology counterpart, Dr. Promise Ekio alongside other top government functionaries.