Ex-Police Commissioner Raises Alarm Over Amansea Bridge, Says May Collapse Any Moment
By Kenechukwu Udechukwu
A retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aghanya Ibezimako, has raised alarm over the dilapidating condition of Amansea Bridge on old road between Anambra and Enugu States.
In a piece titled “Disaster ! Disaster !!!! Amansea Bridge on old road – Boundary Anambra and Enugu states“. Mr. Aghanya lamented how military and police check points on the bridge axis is causing terrible hold up along the old Enugu Awka road, thereby exerting much pressure on the bridge.
Aghanya recounted how , on Monday 9th, he was on top of the bridge in his personal car with other vehicles waiting to be cleared on his way to Awka when suddenly a long heavy Leyland trailer laden with fuel heading towards Enugu drove unto the bridge.
According to him, the whole bridge started vibrating and he immediately jumped down from his vehicle not minding the heavy rain until the vehicle crossed.
He warned that unless something drastic is done, the bridge and its users are heading to a disaster.
See his note below:
The Military and Police check points on Enugu and Anambra end at Amansea is causing terrible hold up along the old Enugu Awka road.
The traffic on the road is heavy due to the 20 years of dilapidation of Enugu Onitsha Express way which currently , some areas have been converted to corn and cassava farm.
When there is holdup caused by Military Check point on Anambra , Police Check point on Enugu side of the Bridge it stretches on top of the bridge at Amansea.
On Monday 9th, I was on top of the bridge in my car with articulated vehicles ( long tankers laden with fuel) waiting to be cleared on my way to Awka, when a long heavy Leyland trailer laden fuel heading towards Enugu drove unto the bridge.
The whole bridge started vibrating, I jumped down from my vehicle not minding the heavy rain until the vehicle crossed.
The volume of water in river has increased and the bridge constructed after the civil war in I970 was not constructed to withstand heavy load on it.
A great disaster is looming because the bridge may collapse if vehicles continue to stop on it due to security check points on both sides.
For safety of Nigerians, I suggest all security check points close to the bridge should be dismantled. There should be no security check point less than 2 kilometers to the bridge.
Security men protecting the bridge or others within the nation should never block the road. They should just sit by the side and ensure free movement on the bridge.
The Ministry of works should commence urgent structural test on the bridge and also ensure that pot holes close to the bridge that also contribute to the hold up onto of the bridge are repaired.
I did a program on NTA Enugu on Security on 15th and I clearly expressed my opinion.
Fellow Nigerians please , circulate in all social media to save lives.