Collapsed bridge: Kwara communities renew appeal to govt. for assistance

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Kwara state

By Yinusa Ishola

Idofin Odo-Ashe (Kwara) – The Idofin Odo-Ashe Community in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara, has renewed the appeal to the state government to expedite action on the reconstruction of the collapsed Omin-Eyin Bridge.

Oba Samuel Dada, the Alofa of Iloffa and Chairman, Oke-Ero Traditional Council, made the plea on behalf of subjects during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Iloffa on Monday.

NAN that the collapsed bridge, built about four years ago, had cut off three communities of Idofin Odo-Aga, Eyin-Afo and Idofin Odo-Ashe the rest of the neighbouring communities.

No fewer than 14 other smaller settlements are affected since the bridge collapsed few ago.

NAN that farmers and in the affected areas are worst hit as they now incurred additional cost to their agricultural produce and wares to the markets in the neighbouring communities.

Dada appealed to the state government to expedite action on the reconstruction of the bridge and rehabilitation of roads in the communities to alleviate the sufferings of people in the areas.

The monarch said: “It is very disheartening to see people being cut off other communities and going this kind of hardship in carrying out their daily activities.

“Every facet of and human services of these people have been retarded, talking about trading, education, agriculture and other essential daily activities.

“To the best of my knowledge, we have it on good authority that the bridge reconstruction had been approved and awarded by the state government.

“We sincerely commend Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for promptness and magnanimity.

“Nonetheless, we are still calling on government for work to commence on the bridge reconstruction before the rain sets in again.’’

The traditional ruler described the bridge collapse as “very unfortunate, considering the untold hardship being faced by the residents”.

Also, Oba Oni Oluwole, the Traditional Ruler of Idofin Odo-Ashe, who spoke on behalf of the affected communities, said the collapsed bridge had paralysed commercial and other social activities of the residents.

“No adjective is enough to describe our sufferings since the bridge collapsed.

“It has become difficult for our children to go to ; likewise movement of our farm produce have also become a nightmare.

“We are totally cut off the rest of the state and we are using this opportunity to call on government at all levels for assistance,’’ the monarch said.

Also speaking, Mr Stephen Kazum, President, Idofin Odo-Ashe Development , decried the difficulties being encountered as a result of the bridge collapse.

Kazum said that the development had gone beyond what the could manage, calling on governments and other stakeholders to assist the affected communities.