The governments of Anambra and Delta states have worked out modalities on how to check the traffic of people crossing the Niger Bridge in defiance of the several order from government restricting interstate movements.
At the end of a meeting on Tuesday, at the Asaba end of the bridge, both governments resolved to cooperate to ensure a flow of traffic on the bridge.
The Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Prof Solomon Chukwulobelu with his Delta State counterpart, Mr Chiedu Ebie, briefed journalists at the end of the meeting.
Chukwulobelu said that the agreement concerned traffic on the bridge, especially where heavy duty trucks are oftentimes constrained for long periods, with the possibility of compromising the integrity of the Niger Bridge.
Both states agreed to push back their processing points further away from the bridge as a way of ensuring that those truck do not get stuck in the traffic on the bridge.
Chukwudebelu said that “the idea is that those nonessential trucks can be processed quickly so that those that come into the bridge can have faster exit, thereby ensuring that there are no heavy trucks on the bridge at any point in time.
“This will ensure that the integrity of the bridge is not compromised and also minimise the waiting time and the suffering of the drivers.”
He explained that any truck carrying more than three people, the driver and two helpers, will be turned back.
The SSG disclosed that with the Federal Government allowing some construction companies to return to site “the two state governments will do everything to ensure that their activities are not impacted significantly.”
The Delta SSG, Ebie, reminded transporters “to note that inter-state movement is still banned and we appeal that you don’t make it more difficult for us as it is already.
“Cooperate and work with us to ensure that we keep the people of Anambra and Delta safe at this period.”
The Delta Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that movement of large number of people was prohibited, saying “no groups are exempted.”
Earlier, the Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C-Don Adinuba, said that the pulling down of a barricade built on the Asaba-end of the Niger Bridge on the orders of Governor Willie Obiano by youths in Delta, necessitated the meeting where the two governments resolved to jointly police the Bridge to curtail movement of ‘strange persons.’
He disclosed that several meetings had taken place before Tuesday’s meeting “to check the influx of people, who defy the presidential order restricting inter-state movements.”