The Rivers State Government has dismissed a report making the rounds, especially in social media, of some damage to Rumukrushi (Tank) Flyover project site yesterday, Saturday, 6 August, 2022, describing it as misleading, erroneous narrative, being propagated by mischief-makers with the sole aim of causing unnecessary panic amongst unsuspecting members of the public.
A press statement by Dornubari Kiinee, Special Assistant (Media & Documention) to the Hon. Commissioner for Works, Rivers State, issued on 7 August, 2022, disclosed that what happened was not structural failure but an accident caused by some heavy equipment operators.
While confirming that there was no casualty following the incident, the statement further said that the construction firm, Julius Berger has been duly notified by the state Commissioner for Works to do the needful, and urged the good people of Rivers state to disregard the report in its entirety bthere is no cause for alarm whatsoever.
The statement reads:
Our attention has been drawn to a misleading narrative concerning the incident that occured at the Rumukrushi (Tank) Flyover project site yesterday, Saturday, 6 August, 2022.
What happened yesterday was not an issue of structural failure but was entirely an accident caused by some careless heavy equipment operators .
Routine construction works were going on the site when an excavator horizontally collided with an already launched beam while trying to assist a tipper that got stuck. The beam moved out of place and made impact on other beams. This caused damage to the beams on that row.
The erroneous narrative being propagated by mischief-makers is with the sole aim of causing unnecessary panic amongst unsuspecting members of the public.
The good people of Rivers State should disregard it in its entirety because there is no cause for alarm whatsoever. The structural integrity of the 10th flyover is not in dispute in anyway. What happened was an avoidable incident caused by two careless equipment operators.
To the glory of God there was no casualty. The management of Julius Berger has been swiftly notified by the Honourable Commissioner for Works; the damaged beams will be removed and new ones will be relaunched. There is no need for panic as the situation is fully under control.
Special Assistant (Media & Documention) to the Hon. Commissioner for Works, Rivers State.
7 August, 2022.