FG dispels rumours Third Mainland Bridge is unsafe

Jesusegun Alagbe

The Federal Government has dispelled rumours making the rounds that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos is ‘opening up’ and ‘shaking.’

In a statement on Tuesday, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Engineer Olukayode Popoola, said social media rumours that the bridge is unsafe are “false and unfounded”.

“Giving an on-the-spot report on the bridge, the controller, who said he just drove along the bridge without noticing any opening or experiencing any shaking as contained in the social media report, advised members of the public, especially commuters, to ignore the insinuations as the bridge, which is receiving regular attention along with others across the country, is safe for use,” Popoola was quoted by Mr Boade Akinola, the Director of Press & Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Abuja.

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The Third Mainland Bridge (3MB) is reputed to be the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland. The others are the Eko and Carter bridges.

3MB was said to be the longest bridge in Africa but the 6th October Bridge located in Cairo took the position upon completion in 1996.

Built by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the first phase of the 3MB was inaugurated by President Shehu Shagari in 1980 and completed by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990. It measures about 11.8 km in length.

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