The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) says it will construct a temporary bridge called ‘Temple bridge” for rail transportation from Lagos to Kano following the collapse of Tatabu bridge.
The Managing Director of the Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, made this known on Saturday while speaking with newsmen in Tatabu village during an inspection of the site.
The Tatabu bridge in Mokwa local government of Niger, collapsed on June 11 after a heavy rainfall which affected the rail line including some residential buildings and farmlands in the area.
Okhiria explained that the corporation had to result to apologising to its customers over its failure to help them transport their goods.
He said the corporation would work very hard to fix the problems, so the Lagos to Kano line could begin operations again in the next two weeks.
“We cannot say exactly what has happened because we have to investigate. But this cannot not be unconnected with an overflow of a dam because I don’t see the level of a downpour that can cause these damages.
“We are going to construct a temporary bridge that will cost us about N5 million. We have some goods that are supposed to go to Kano but we have not been able to move them, so we cannot continue like that.
“The trains bringing emergency materials from Lagos and Kano will arrive on Monday for proper work to commence,” Okhiria said.
He said preliminary work had already started and his men were already protecting the rail.
The NRC head said the corporation would lose about N50 million in revenue in the three weeks that construction work was expected to be completed.
He said the corporation would employ the services of a surveyor to determine what to do to forestall future occurrence of the incident.