By Danladi Al-Hassan
The Nigerian Army has embarked on the reconstruction of a collapsed bridge at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi campus, about two months after its collapse killed four students.
Andee Iheme, ABTU Director of Public Relations, said that the Army was fulfilling its promise of building a standard bridge across the stream.
“The Nigerian Army is fulfilling its promise of building a standard bridge across the stream. Thank you our able and gallant soldiers for being true to your promise. You have indeed demonstrated that you are true Nigerians who are ready to give all in order to keep Nigeria moving forward,” he said.
In August, the metal pedestrian bridge, which linked a block of classrooms to the student’s hostel, had collapsed following a heavy downpour and killed the students while others were injured.
The sad development led to a protest by the students who alleged that school authorities disregarded the bridge’s dilapidated state and neglected its repairs,
However, Muhammad Abdullazeez, ATBU Vice-Chancellor, claimed that over 30 students were taking selfies on the bridge at the time of the collapse.
The tragic incident, which occurred at about 11pm on August 28, at the institution’s Gubi permanent campus, had prompted a temporary closure of school activities to honour the students who lost their lives.