THE Federal Government has lamented that the Second Niger Bridge may be blocked if miscreants continue to vandalize the metal components on the bridge.
Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr. Mahmuda Mamman stated this on Sunday when he visited the bridge to ascertain the level of the recent vandalization of the metal components.
He called on security agencies to intensity surveillance on the bridge to curtail the activities of the miscreants who he said were after the mental components.
He said: “We are here to see the level of vandalization of the Second Niger Bridge. It was an unfortunate situation that all of us woke up to the trending news of vandalization of some metal components on the bridge.
This is a massive investment put up by the Federal Government in order to ease movement of goods and services to Nigeria. To me, free movement is a basic human right and all of us must take collective responsibility to safeguard it
“We have interfaced with the contractor handling the project, Julius Berger and it is really unfortunate. The Federal Government has actually done what it is supposed to do.
“We have written to security agencies concerned asking them to intensify surveillance activities along the road so that such things will not happen.
At the same time, host communities have a responsibility to play because safeguarding national asserts is not a responsibility of one man; it is a collective responsibility