By NBF News

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who paid a visit to the site is reflective of his administration's proactive approach to infrastructural development under which it rehabilitates key federal roads based on their importance to social and economic life in the state.

Government awarded a multi-million naira contract for the rehabilitation of the bridge and adjoining roads. While the major bridge is under construction by military contractors engaged by the state government, a smaller bridge was rehabilitated to facilitate human and vehicular movements across the bridge. Commissioner for Works and Transport, Dr Abubakar Kanike, during a tripartite site meeting at the bridge also attended by Nigerian Army engineers and officials of the Federal Ministry of Works, promised that the bridge will be completed before the end of February, 2012.

He said with the dismantling of the collapsed bridge, the most difficult aspect of the job had been completed. The commissioner enjoined the team handling the bridge project to ensure early completion as well as adhere strictly to all the specific details. Speaking generally on the state's road projects, Senior Special assisant to the Governor on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, said other government interventions on federal roads include the shoulder expansion on Kulende-Oyun Bridge Road and the Eyenkorin Road recently rehabilitated by the state government.

Akorede said the state government also voted N13b and N1.6b for rehabilitation and construction of 60 state roads and 41 rural roads respectively. He said that while the work on state roads were designed to enhance economic activities as well as service key policy areas such as agriculture, health, solid mineral development and tourism, work on the rural roads were targeted at opening up the areas for integrated rural development.