The uncompleted ATIKUlate bridge
Disclaimer: This post is not meant to defame anyone neither is it political, I am just a student trying to talk about his environment.
If you are an abusite or you reside in samaru, zaria. You might have noticed a pedestrian bridge undergoing construction since forever and never reaching its finish line.
I was a fresher when the I noticed a totally unwarranted bridge construction in front of my school north gate, a bridge that’s meant for student of the school using the second most relevant gate, situated 200meters away from the gate crossing a 100meter road is what I call useless. Pedestrian bridge is supposed to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road but instead it is making it more difficult, difficult I mean, I’ll rather take 10 steps across a non-busy road most times of the day than take a 100 step towards a bridge I’m not even sure of the material strength.
Let us take a little drift off the use and talk about why it’s taking forever to get done, like I said earlier I was a fresher when I noticed the pedestrian bridge and I’m almost concluding my first degree and I still can’t use it when projects that were commissioned after this bridge and have reached it conclusion.
This lead me to the dangers of a long over construction, A bridge that has it’s construction site sitting on a major road is a death trap to the community and students it was intended for. Think about construction materials that have been sitting on the road for over 2 years, material like hanging scaffold metals, woods with nails and heavy construction rods. We would have a bridge that’s suppose to reduce accident on the highway increasing the death toll of the community.
I believe there are better ways of reducing road accident on a tiny road than spending multi-million naira on a bridge that no one has used and no one would use. We could put up a traffic light just at the center of the road across north gate that stops cars every 10minutes for 30 seconds to let people cross the road and security personal arresting car owners who refuses to stop. That would totally reduce the road accident to the bearable minimum.
I recommend that the 80 million spent on this project would have been used to construct conducive lecture halls, standard hostels and at most scholarship scheme for those that need financial support to complete their studies.
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