The government, last week, announced the closure of the Marine Beach Bridge for emergency repairs, but since then, the road is yet to be shut nor have the repairs commenced.
This delay, according to the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Kayode Popoola, is due to the persistent rains.
People noted that efforts to patch the adjoining roads to the bridge to avert gridlock are being frustrated by the rains, as the repair works are being washed off by the flood.
He, however assured that the repairs will be completed this week to provide alternate routes for road users so that the bridge can be closed for work to begin.
“We will complete the repairs and close the bridge anytime this week to begin work on it, I cannot tell you if it is Monday or Tuesday but I am sure it will be this week. We have to ensure the adjoining roads are in good condition to take traffic before we close any part of the bridge,’’ he said in an interview with NAN.
Popoola said that the repair of the Marine Beach Bridge kicks off the “systematic maintenance of all bridges in Lagos’’, adding that the federal government has awarded the contracts for repairs of the Third Mainland, Ijora 7Up and Marine Beach Bridges, while that of Eko Bridge was undergoing procurement for the award.
He noted that the government has a schedule to fix all bridges in Lagos State in batches this year, as all bridges could not be shut at the same time for repairs.
“There is going to be systematic maintenance, we will change the rubbers of the expansion joints and anyone that the metal is bad. We are going to replace bearings on expansion joints that are worn out, that is the systematic program that we have this year” he explained.
He explained further that the de-silting of weep holes on Long Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is ongoing to avert floods as the rains become more serious.
“We are also removing garbage from manholes so that all our drainages will function very well. We are currently cleaning manholes on Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki Road, Globatek (contractor) is working on it to address major problems of flooding on that road,’’ he said.
He added that vandals were stealing manhole covers and that plans are on to replace the covers with concrete that cannot be easily removed. He appealed to Nigerians to avoid disposing of garbage in the drainage and manholes, as this could be the easiest way to block the waterways and cause floods.
UPDATED: Fire outbreak at World Trade Centre, Abuja
A fire outbreak has been reported at the rooftop of the World Trade Centre in Abuja.
This was disclosed in a report from ChannelsTV, which stated that an official of the company, Mr Ibukun Adeogun said that the fire occurred at about 11.30 a.m.
At least three fire service trucks were deployed to contain the fire, which Mr. Adeogun explained did not cause any damage.
An eyewitness explained that the fire started from the top of the skyscraper which dots the skyline of Central Business District, Abuja as smoke billowed from the pinnacle.
Adeogun added that the fire had been extinguished by high-pressure sprinklers in the building.
He said, “There was a minor fire outbreak at one of the floors close to the top floor near the shaft. The building is a high-tech building and the sprinklers put out the fire.
“Because the fire occurred close to the top floor and the extraction system was on the roof, smoke was coming out even after the fire had been extinguished.”
St Kitts and Nevis addresses Hushpuppi’s citizenship
Ms. Chapman married Hushpuppi in October 2018 granting him access to their citizenship.
The government of the St. Kitts and Nevis announced in a statement that Nigerian alleged fraudster did not obtain his citizenship through investment program but by virtue of marriage to a Shawana Nakesia Chapman.
“The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has become aware of reports and rumors concerning the Federation’s citizenship of a Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, allegedly a person of interest to the United States FBI”
“We note that the Nigeria-born Mr. Abbas, 37, was granted a St. Kitts and Nevis passport in February 2020 by virtue of his marriage to Shawana Nakesia Chapman, 32, a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis by birth and the United States of America,” they announced.
They said Ms. Chapman married Hushpuppi in October 2018 granting him access to their citizenship and is also a resident of North Carolina, USA, and revealed that its citizenship by investment programme includes “rigorous background checks”.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment and second passport program in 1984 is the oldest fast-track citizenship program. It grants Visa-free access to 141 countries including the United States, UK , and all Schengen States. It also is ranked as the 32nd strongest passport in the world.
The program costs $150,000 to the St. Kitts Sustainable Growth Fund for a single individual and $195,000 for a family of 4 or an investment of $400,000 in real estate.
The FBI accuses Hushpuppi of being the leader to a transnational network that “facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.”
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