THE Federal Government on Tuesday debunked a social media rumor that the Lagos State’s Third Mainland Bridge had ‘opened up.’
On Monday, a message on WhatsApp advised cars to avoid the Third Mainland Bridge in order to avert a “big calamity.”
In a statement, Boade Akinola, a spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of Works, stated the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, drove on the bridge without observing “any shaking,” as claimed in social media posts.
“The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, has rejected insinuations circulating on social media that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos has opened up and is shaking, making it unsafe for vehicles, claiming the assertion is both incorrect and unsubstantiated,” according to Akinola’s statement.
“Giving an on-the-spot report on the Bridge, the controller encouraged members of the public not to take the social media post seriously, saying he simply drove along the Bridge without noting any opening or experiencing any shaking as described in the report.”
“He specifically asked passengers to disregard the insinuations about the Bridge, which, like others across the country, is receiving regular maintenance.”
This isn’t the first time that rumors about the Third Mainland Bridge’s safety have surfaced on social media.
A similar rumor about the bridge was debunked by the Federal Government in 2019.