Seyi Martins, the engineer’s representative overseeing the construction of the second Niger Bridge, expressed strong disapproval of the removal of road fixtures by vandals. He further emphasized that the region’s security challenges were a significant factor contributing to the bridge’s underutilization, clarifying that the primary objective of the experts involved was to alleviate traffic congestion through the bridge’s construction.
During a conversation with reporters in Onitsha yesterday, Martins provided reassurance that the federal government would enhance security measures around the bridge to prevent any future acts of vandalism.
He said: “It is true that the bridge was vandalised. Those fittings will surely be replaced. It is an important national asset that should be protected by all.
“We have contacted all the security agencies and we will beef security around the bridge and on the bridge.
“People have cried for this bridge for decades, now they have the second Niger Bridge, just a month after it was inaugurated, they vandalised it, I think something is wrong somewhere.
“This bridge will be beneficial to everybody. The vandalism on the bridge is unacceptable. It is not in the interest of the larger community as the profit from the vandalization is just for a moment.
“The effect of the destruction will be for a very long time, because at the end of the day they will also suffer the consequences, so it is better not to vandalise public property, it belongs to you and I.”