Nigeria: Bridge collapses a week after construction in Kogi State

The governor of the central Nigerian state of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, came under fire after a bridge constructed by his administration collapsed a week after its completion, according to media reports.

 

There is no confirmation of any casualties or the amount of damage following the incident.

The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) accused Bello’s administration of using substandard materials in constructing the Ozuma Bridge in Okene, which reportedly cost millions of naira.

 

“The PDP youth also knocked Governor Bello over the collapse of the bridge built by his administration barely one week after construction.

The PDP also called for an inquiry into the governor over the incident, which, it argued, put people’s lives in danger.

“The PDP youths demand that Yahaya Bello should face investigation at the appropriate time for using substandard materials to construct a bridge, thereby endangering lives in the state.”

 

In recent years, Africa’s most populous nations have fallen victim to incidents of the collapse of infrastructure, especially buildings. This phenomenon has been blamed mainly on poor enforcement of construction regulations and the use of substandard materials.

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