Oke-Omi residents task Makinde on abandoned bridge
Residents of Ogundipe-Oke Omi, Ibadan in Egbeda Local Council of Oyo State have appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde on the state of the only bridge that connects the community to Egbeda-Ife Road.
Expressing the agonies, which over 3000 members of the community go through on daily basis, especially during the rainy season, the General Chairman, Oke Omi Area, Abiodun Ojediran said it was painful that repair works that commenced some time ago on the bridge were abandoned and left uncompleted, which is becoming unbearable.
Narrating their ordeals to The Guardian, the community also pleaded with Governor Makinde to carry out total completion of the bridge to help boost growth and development in the area.
Aside from the state of the abandoned bridge and the ordeal residents go through during the rainy season, the community also lamented the high cost of transportation from Olodo Garage to Oke Omi and from Oke Omi to Lamuyegun and Areke area.
Ojediran said the construction of the bridge started towards the end of March this year but work stopped on it in August.
According to him, since the stoppage of work on the bridge, the community has been facing a lot of hardship, while the economy of the area is badly affected.
He said: “For instance, one of our residents, who suffered electrocution recently, later died while we were trying to rush him to hospital. His life could have been saved if access roads in and out of the community were good.”
Ojediran also lamented how new motorcycles were stolen. “If you come to our area around 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, you will see cars, motorcycles that are parked at the edge of the bridge.”
He said aged people couldn’t even climb the bridge, they have to send their children on errands they are supposed to run on their own.
A trader who resides in the community, Banke Adetoyinbo, explained that her business has suffered because people can’t come around to patronise her and she also couldn’t go out to buy necessary materials to expand her business.
One of the Kumapayi zonal executives, Alhaji Akanbi said the government did their best but it wasn’t good enough.