Minister of Works Condemns Vandalism of Second Niger Bridge

The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has condemned the recent vandalism of the Second Niger Bridge, calling it a cowardly attack on the nation’s progress.

The vandalism involved the destruction of expansion joints crucial for the bridge’s structural integrity, sparking nationwide outrage. Despite private security personnel deployed by the Federal Ministry of Works, the perpetrators managed to carry out the act.

Umahi expressed deep concern over the incident, highlighting the bridge’s importance in fostering socio-economic development and enhancing connectivity between states.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media), Orji Uchenna Orji, Umahi called the vandalism “ruthless and cowardly sabotage.” He expressed shock that such incidents occur despite security measures and lamented the destruction of a critical infrastructure meant to advance Nigeria’s socio-economic status.

The Ministry of Works has pledged to reinforce security measures to prevent further acts of vandalism. A technical team has been tasked with assessing the damage and initiating repairs to restore the bridge to its operational state.

Umahi appreciated the public’s concern, particularly praising the young Nigerian who raised the alarm about the vandalism. He assured the public that a more formidable security system is being activated to prevent further damage. The minister also urged citizens near the bridge to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities.

Emphasizing collective responsibility, Umahi called on states and communities to take ownership of and protect federal infrastructure within their jurisdictions. He reaffirmed the commitment of the Renewed Hope administration, led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to uphold the integrity of Nigeria’s road infrastructure and pursue justice for those responsible for the sabotage.

The nation remains united in its resolve to combat vandalism and preserve the foundations of progress and prosperity.

Tosin Oyediran, PUNCH


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