The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Bayo lawal has inspected the damaged section of the Olodo bridge road destroyed by flooding as a result of recent heavy downpour in ibadan.
Addressing newsmen on Monday, the deputy governor noted that the contractor working on the collapsed section of the road has been mandated to provide alternative roads as palliative for motorist and other road users while repair work is ongoing.
Lawal who sympathised with residents, reiterated that the state government understands the importance of the road and has committed funds to the speedy reconstruction of the link bridge.
He called on community leaders, stakeholders and particularly the youths to join hands with the contractors to ensure a conducive environment for the contractors to do a good job.
The deputy governor said that Olodo route from Atlantic carpet will be closed to traffic for safety reasons, but added that the government is aware of their situation and will move quickly to ease their concerns.
In order to expedite action on the ongoing construction projects and the rehabilitation on the alternate roads, he pleaded with the residents to cooperate with the government.
He also stated that the State Emergency Management Agency will soon begin counting the number of homes destroyed by the flood.
The deputy governor advised residents of the affected area to stop building homes along river banks and emphasised that doing so would put their lives and property in danger if they disregarded the warning.
However, in his remarks, the spokesperson for the contractors building the bridge, stated that in accordance with the deputy governor’s order, alternative routes from Oki Junction to Ikumapayi to Olodo Garage and from Wofun to Olodo Market will both be operational in less than 24 hours.