Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Rivers State Commissioner for Works Debunk Defective Report On Slaughter/Woji Bridge

Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Hon. Victor Giadom, has debunked a social Media report claiming a construction defect of Slaughter/Woji bridge.

The commissioner said this while on a fact finding trip to the bridge with a team of Engineers at slaughter, Trans-Amadi, Port Harcourt.

He also disclosed that the State Government did a routine maintenance on the bridge in 2010 through Stemco Nigeria Ltd. Saying that it was surprising that people would make up stories that are false about the stable construction.

Hon. Giadom further disclosed that his Ministry would soon construct a new dual-carriage bridge by the side to beef up the existing ones, stressing that, “it is in good state and may be used for beautification on completion of the new one.”

The Commissioner said that the construction of the new bridge is expected to commence in 30 days, “we expect to build another bridge on the Elelenwo axis of the road and a flyover at Garrison.”

He therefore urged the public to disregard the malicious information spread on the social media and advised the people to use the bridge as it is in good condition.

On Abuloma/Woji Bridge, he explained that what the contractors are doing now is to build the retaining walls of the bridge, disclosing that, “In the next six months, we should be able to cross from Peter Odili Road to Woji.”

In their separate speeches, the Managing Director of JDP Construction Company, Engr. Erez Barzilai and the Director of Civil Engineering, Ministry of Works, Engr. Godspower Maeba affirmed that the bridge is not slanted or tilted to any side as stated in the social media.
Barzilai also encouraged people to disregard the publication and use the bridge which he said is in good condition.
“There is no risk or problem about the bridge, at present, the bridge can serve for many more years,” he said.

Maeba on his part said, “What you saw on the internet is all manipulation, as we are here this morning, we were able to confirm that the bridge is structurally stable and can last for the next 20 years.”

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