The Nigerian Ministry of Works has promised to repair collapsed bridges in road infrastructure revolution.

The president of Nigeria, who came into office at the end of May, has approved a 2023 supplementary budget worth US$375 million for palliative work, continuation of ongoing projects and a few new projects. The Nigerian Minster of Works, Engineer David Nweze Umahi, announced the budget yesterday. The cash is earmarked for works including the collapsed bridges on the Enugu-Port Harcourt road, in Shandam-Plateau State, and on the Gombe-Bauchi road.

The announcement also clarified a policy favouring use of rigid concrete in road construction over flexible asphalt. And it promised the Ministry of Works would tighten up on project supervision, while calling on the public to report poor construction.

Two months ago, federal and state bodies responsible for maintaining Nigeria’s roads were required to audit all their projects, with a deadline of 30 November.