By Abiemwense Moru
Abuja – The House of Representatives, has called on the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to as a matter of urgency repair the Kaiama bridge in Bayelsa to prevent it from collapsing.
This was sequel to a motion by Rep. Douye Diri (Bayelsa-PDP) on the need to avert the imminent collapse of the bridge.
Moving the motion on Wednesday in Abuja, Diri explained that the Kaiama bridge, which runs across River Nun in Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa had developed structural defects.
According to him, the defects have created a wide gap.
He expressed concern that the wide gap created had made the bridge unsafe and on several occasions led to severe gridlock and loss of man hours.
“The bridge, which is along the East West Road, was constructed over 35 years ago and remains the only connection from the South West to the Niger Delta area.
“It is therefore very critical for the movement of people and goods in the oil producing states of the Niger Delta.
“Unless urgent steps are taken to repair the bridge which is showing signs of imminent collapse, the lives and property of the people who use the facility will be endangered.’’
The motion was unanimously adopted when it was put into a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.
The House urged the Ministry of Niger Delta to expedite action on the construction of the new bridge across River Nun in Bayelsa.
The House also mandated its committees on Works, Niger Delta and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance and report back in four weeks for further legislative action.