Diri Voices Concern Over Damaged Bayelsa Bridge.
Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has expressed concern over the state’s damaged Tombia Bridge across the River Nun in the state’s Yenagoa local government area, which was erected by the federal government 20 years ago.
Diri stated that erosion caused by unlawful dredging activities, which had harmed the bridge’s margins and parts of the joints caused the damage, resulting in visible gaps.
The bridge, which connects settlements along the Ekpetiama axis, the university town of Amassoma, Igbedi, and the Bayelsa International Airport, was built by the federal government under the administration of late Governor Diepriye Alamieyeseigha.
Yesterday, after seeing the damaged sections, the governor ordered an immediate halt to dredging works on the river, directing the Ministry of Environment to ensure that the direction to halt dredging on the river was followed in order to avoid the bridge from collapsing.
He also asked the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to begin rapid repairs to the affected areas.
“This structure is showing visible signs of damage and weakness. The activities of illegal dredgers in the River Nun underneath the bridge have apparently caused the erosion that has affected the bridge.
“This bridge was built during the administration of the late Governor Diepriye Alamieyeseigha almost 20 years ago by the Federal Ministry of Works. We need to draw the Federal Government’s attention to this while we embark on immediate remedial work to prevent its collapse.
“I hereby direct the Commissioner for Environment to ensure stoppage of dredging activities on the river. I also direct the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to commence immediate remedial work on the bridge to safeguard it for our people that ply this road to Ekpetiama communities, to Amassoma, Igbedi, the Bayelsa Airport and other communities in this axis of the state.”