Contrary to previous news that a bridge collapsed in Kano, the Kano State commissioner for works, housing and transport, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has described the media report as inaccurate, considering the fact that it was a concrete beam that slipped and not a bridge collapse.
In his address to newsmen in his office, the commissioner said what happened was an accident which happens in many construction sites.He said the construction company was not at fault and there was no evidence of substandard work that caused the slip of the concrete beam which killed three people. Yusuf stated that the incident was the will of Allah who destined for the deceased to die the way they did.“As the incident occurred, we had to deploy heavy duty vehicles to be able to move the concrete beam but we couldn’t, and this proved the quality of the work. We had to bring in heavy duty hacksaw machines to divide the concrete beam into three before it was moved”, he narrated.
Yusuf added that there were four similar concrete beams already mounted on the pillars of the pedestrian bridge and they had been there for days; the last one was mounted and technical work was ongoing to tie it up when the taxi encroached and accidentally, the beam fell on it.He said that the construction company has done quite a number of quality construction works for Kano State government including the same Sheikh Jaafar road, where the pedestrian bridge was under construction.He stressed that only biased minds would call for the technical audit of all the bridges that were constructed and already handed over to government, adding that what should be taken into cognisance is that the pedestrian bridge in question is still under construction.