The Federal Government has blamed excessive rainfall for the flooding that occurred on the Abuja-Lokoja Expressway last weekend.
The government said immediately the rains subsided, the flood receded.
Speaking at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing after receiving an interim report of on- the -spot assessment of the Abuja -Lokoja flash flood and the bridge in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State, the Permanent Secretary, Babangida Hussaini, stated that the Ministry was looking into all the issues of flooding on the nation’s roads
He assured the public of government’s commitment to infrastructure development in the country, adding that all roads affected by flash floods are noted and are receiving required attention.
On the Abuja -Lokoja road, he said the flash flood at the weekend was caused by excessive rain and that as soon as the rain subsided, the flood receded, and the road has been opened to traffic since Saturday.
On the bridge in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State the Permanent Secretary noted the prompt response of Jigawa State by diverting traffic to an alternative route and commenced repair works on the bridge immediately, he therefore commended the state governments and the stakeholders for their efforts in supporting Mr. President’s commitment to road and infrastructure development.
He assured the Jigawa State Government of the Ministry’s technical support as at when needed. He said the professionals in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing are always available to provide technical support to states in all the roads and bridges construction activities.