Friday, 4 July 2014

Anambra: Ebenebe Bridge fears cllapse

Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Ezu River Bridge linking Amansea, Ebenebe, Ugbenu, Ugbene and Awba Ofemili communities in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State is at the brink of total collapse and if this tragedy is allowed to happen indigenes of these affected communities would be cut off from the rest of Anambra State unless they pass through villages in Enugu state before they could reach their kit and kin in their various towns.
Sounding the alarm over the collapse of this important bridge which serves as a major link with the food producing communities in Awka-north, Member representing Awka-North constituency in Anambra state House of Assembly, Hon. Mrs. Rebecca Udorji recalled that the bridge submerged in 2008 when a heavy duty truck loaded with gravels belonging to Brecco Construction Company LTD was crossing over it but ever since then, the bridge has ben left to its faith to the detriment of the indigenes making use of it.
Orient Daily sources reveal that the affected communities linked-up by the bridge pass through thick and thin to transport themselves and agricultural produce until the Former Governor, Chief Peter Obi awarded its construction to a Lebanese construction company.
Speaking in a motion to support the adjournment of the house, Hon. Udorji wondered why the contractor handling the bridge project abandoned the work half done and absconded with money allegedly paid to them.
According to the lawmaker, the multi-million naira bridge is at stake of collapsing again as it shakes whenever road users, especially heavy-duty trucks crosses over the deathtraps bridge due to floods eaten-it up within.
Our reporter who recently plied the road confirmed the report, adding that neither a contractor nor their working instruments were seen at the site.
The lawmaker representing the constituency further called on the State Commissioner for Works, Architect Calistus Ilozumba to quickly mobilize contractors to the site to avoid impending dangers.
All effort by our reporter to get the Anambra State Commissioner for Works, Hon. Calistus Ilozumba respond on this matter proved abortive as his phone number was switched-off at the time of filing this report.



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