Fashola also noted that the ministry had initiated an intensive bridge maintenance programme to ensure serviceability of the major assets, adding that bridges were critical structures that guaranteed connectivity across the federal road network.

“Some bridges have never been maintained since they were constructed over 40 years ago. Furthermore, illegal commercial (human) activities, which are detrimental to these national assets, contributed to their deterioration,” he stressed.

The minister said while the overhead cost of the ministry for 2022 was N627.001m, with N365.750m  released for the period of January to July, representing 58.33 per cent, with an outstanding sum of N261.250m.