By Adekola Afolabi
Following the prompt action by the Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to rebuild the two collapsed bridges linking Ikun with Oba Akoko and other communities in Akoko South-West Local Government Area of the State, a lawmaker representing Akoko South-West State Constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Felemu Gudu Bankole, has commended the governor for his quick response to the plight of the people in the affected communities.
The governor had directed the state Ministry of Works and Infrastructures to fix the bridges which were washed away by floods which followed an all night heavy down pour. The ugly incident cut off communities such as Idoani, Afo, Ikun, and Oba Akoko as the road became absolutely impassable for the people of the communities.
The government’s intervention is coming few days after the bridges collapsed.
It would be recalled that a heavy down pour of last Friday night had completely washed away one of the two bridges which mainly links Ikun-Akoko to Oba-Akoko, while the second one also had its side pulled down.
The development adversely affected business and commercial activities of the people.
This made the people of Ikun-Akoko led by Hon. Bankole who represented the constituency, the Olukun of Ikun-Akoko, Oba (Pastor) Olokunbola Adedoyin (JP), among others, to cry to state government for urgent action by reconstructing the two bridges to enable them access the only road which links them to other towns.
However, speaking yesterday on the quick action of the government to reconstruct the affected bridges, Hon. Bankole specially appreciated governor Akeredolu for taking prompt step to rebuild the bridges to ease the suffering of the people.
“We are happy with this quick action. So, on behalf of our people and the communities at large we appreciate the state government for quick and prompt attention given to the two collapsed bridges in my constituency.
“We thank the governor, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure and the Local Government Chairman of that Local Government Area for their quick intervention. We believe the affected bridges will soon be passable and ease the suffering of the communities”, he stressed.
The lawmaker equally charged the people of the affected communities to exercise patience with those working on the site and give them full cooperation to ensure the job is done as quickly as possible.
“I want to appeal to the people in these communities to be patient with government as the work is going on. They should give all the engineers and workers at the site their full cooperation so that the work can be completed on time.