The Nigerian Army on March 7, ordered drivers of articulated and other heavy-duty trucks to vacate the Carter Bridge and other overpass in Lagos with immediate effect.
The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Sylvanus Abbah, who was the convener of the meeting, appealed to the tanker drivers to leave the bridge due to national interest.
According to him, terrorists might take the advantage of the traffic situation to strike in Lagos and this has to be prevented from happening.“Costain is going to be the turning point of the trucks. After 48 hours, no truck will pack on the bridge because of the national interest and I hope you will all take the decision of this meeting,” he said. He said that some of the trucks had been packed on the bridge for weeks, adding that the bridge might collapse which would be an additional problem.
There were claims that the bridges may buckle under the weight of the articulated trucks and these may have forced the army to swing into action and prevent a major disaster in the nation’s economic and commercial capital.
The Federal Road Safety Commission ( FRSC ) had last year warned that the gridlocks created by trucks on the bridges were dangerous and had damaging effects on the overpass.
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