Residents lament as Oyo bridge collapses

The only bridge connecting Eruwa with Lanlate town of Oyo State has collapsed.

MOUTHPIECE NGR gathered that the incident occurred on Tuesday as a result of heavy rainfall.

MOUTHPIECE NGR observes that the two affected towns are in Ibarapa East Local Government Area.

A resident of the area, Adejumo Ogundele, told the government of the state to immediately fix the bridge.

Ogundele said, “it’s true. We saw the collapsed bridge this morning due to heavy rainfall. The bridge has been in bad condition since. We hope the state government will fix it as soon as possible, because a journey of a few minutes will now take hours with the usage of adjoining roads.”

MOUTHPIECE NGR gathered that the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, on Tuesday ordered two state commissioners to urgently conduct an inspection on the Eruwa/Lanlate bridge.

MOUTHPIECE NGR observes that Ogundoyin is an indigene of Eruwa town.

The Speaker said that he has ordered the Commissioner for Works and Transport and the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to urgently conduct an inspection on the bridge washed away by heavy flood on Tuesday.

“Nature was at work in my constituency. We are, however, thankful to God that it happened in the early hours of Tuesday and no life was lost.

“I have approached the State Commissioners for Works and Transport, Prof Dawud Sangodoyin and that of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal and directed them to proceed on an inspection tour of the damaged bridge with a view to taking urgent action on it.

“The damage has no doubt negatively affected the movement of our people in the two towns.

“This has even affected our students who are writing their NECO and WAEC as it is now virtually impossible to cross the stream,” he lamented.

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