The Residents of Ikere Ekiti in Ikere Local government area of Ekiti State on Saturday, February 22, have worried over delays by the state government in reconstructing the Ajolagun Bridge located along Ikere Ekiti – Ijare road, five months after it collapsed.
Recall that, on last year September, the bridge on the Ajolagun area of the town which links the place to Ijare in Ondo State had collapsed following persistent flooding caused by torrential rainfalls.
Residents of the Ajolagun area expressed displeasure over the perceived abandonment of the project, in spite of the dangerous state of the bridge and assurances given by the State governor, Kayode Fayemi that the reconstruction will be done before the beginning of the rainy season.
The bridge had nearly collapsed before the residents of the area put up palliative measures to aid motorists pending reconstruction.
The bridge located along Ikere-Ijare road connects to the public Secondary School, Ajolagun High school and some public Primary schools in the area.
Expressing disapproval over the delay, some of the residents, who spoke under anonymity, said: “we are worried that what happened last year will repeat itself on this bridge, this year.
“Five months after the flooding, which destroyed the bridge and some properties, nothing has been done. We expected the government to be at the completion stage rather than telling us they have just got approval for its reconstruction”, he stated.
Meanwhile, on September 3, last year, the lawmaker represents the Constituency area in the Ekiti House of Assembly; Tunde Idowu had called on the State Government and other relevant agencies to come to the rescue of the residents of Ajolagun Bridge from being cutoff from other parts of the town.
Tunde Idowu had made the call when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Abuja visited the collapsed bridge on the Osun River along Ajolagun-Ijare road.
Hon. Idowu, who is the Chairman House Committee on Environment, said that the call becomes necessary as the bridge connecting the community to other parts of the town had collapsed.