Construction work has commenced on the collapsed Ashara bridge in Kwali Area Council. The Federal Government, through the Ecological Fund Office, approved the contract of the 16 kilometres road at N1.3 billion.
Since the bridge collapsed at the weekend, several communities have been cut-off while farmers and other travellers could not link up to the Abuja-Lokoja road.
The Permanent Secretary of Ecological Fund Office, Dr Habiba Lawal, who led a team of engineers and management staff of the FCT Administration to the scene, said the Federal Government had approved contract awards for the construction of bridges and 16 kilometres road to Yaba.
She said the road project was awarded before the bridge collapsed due to flood.
“The contractor has already mobilised to site. It is a bad situation, but you can see that the contractor is very responsive. What we want the contractor to do now is to ensure that at least there is a place the people can cross with their produce,” she said.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Christian Ohaa, appreciated the Ecological Fund Office for the swift response, and called on the affected communities to show understanding and cooperate with the contractor.
On his part, the Etsu of Yaba, Abdullahi Adamu, spoke of some serious consequences if some critical portions of the construction works are not completed on time, stressing that farmers have resorted to ferrying their produce to the larger markets by canoe.
“I have called on the FCT minister and the area council chairman before now, and I thank God that there was no casualty from this flood. If you were here on Sunday, you would have seen how much the people suffered trying to cross with their farm produce by canoe,” he said.