A member representing Ovia Federal Constituency, Dennis Idahosa, has warned that the Ugbogui Bridge, on the ever busy Sagamu-Benin highway, linking commuters to Lagos may soon collapse.
A section of the bridge located at Ovia Southwest Local Government Area of Edo, before Okada Junction, has caved in and causing unending gridlock.
The lawmaker, who inspected the failed section of the bridge on Sunday in Benin, said it was a disaster waiting to happen.
Mr Idahosa, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Compliance, expressed regret that the bridge had been left unattended by the authorities concerned despite the heavy traffic on the route.
“My worry is not about the traffic around the bridge but the danger Nigerians who use the bridge are exposed to.
“The Lagos-Benin Highway is about the busiest road in the country and I am sure you will understand why I worry about what may happen if this bridge is not fixed as soon as possible.
“From the portion that has completely caved in, one can see the river and also notice the increase in vibration as motorists struggle to find their way through the narrow section that is good.
“It is a disaster waiting to happen and I am calling on the relevant government authority, the Ministry of Works through the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to urgently address the problem,” Mr Idahosa urged.
The Benin-Sagamu highway has lond been described as a death trap, with many failed portions constantly causing accidents and providing leeway for armed robbers and kidnappers to waylay travellers.
In May, six persons died from a fatal accident as the speeding driver tried to meander his way through the bad patches on the road.
On Saturday, Jide Sowore, brother to rights activist Omoyele Sowore was shot dead by highway kidnappers near Okada on the same highway.