The residents of Alagbado community in Ilorin East Local government of Kwara State may start breathing sighs of relief now as the members of Kwara State House of Assembly have appealed on their behalf to the executive arm of the government to reconstruct the collapsed bridge which connects the community particularly the State owned Specialist Hospital to the metropolis. The said bridge collapsed about six months ago as result of heavy downpours which occured during the rainining season of this year.
So unfortunate that since then, despite that the collapsed bridge attracted the appearance of the executive governor of the State who promised a quick repair, no substantial efforts was put in place by government to expedite work in order to reconnect the community to the township as residents of the community who didn’t wish to take the alternative route of Akerebiata-Kankatu which has also become deplorable due to excessiveness of potholes continue to take dangerous risk of crossing the water path under the bridge.
However, Heaven seems to have smiled on the people of the community yesterday as the legislative house of the state called on the State Government to award the contract for the reconstruction of collapsed bridge in Ilorin, to alleviate hardship being faced by road users in the Metropolis.
This forms part of the resolutions of the House, while considering the report of the House Committee on Energy, Works and Transport on an on – the -spot assessment of some collapsed Bridges, Culverts and Drainages within Ilorin Metropolis.
The Deputy Speaker, Elder Mathew Okedare, who presided over the Tuesday’s sitting, while reading the resolutions of the House, said the need became expedient to redress the hardship confronting road users and fast track vehicular movement to pave way for accelerated socio- economic development.
The Legislature equally enjoined the state government to liaise with members of the National Assembly from the state, to fast track the release of funds by the Ecology Office in the Presidency, for proper channelization of gully erosion and environmental hazards along Salau Giwa Street off Kilanko road, Offa Garage Area in Ilorin Metropolis.
The House also called on the State Road Maintainance Agency to remove slabs covering the drainage at Kongbari junction, Adangba area, Ilorin and lay asphalt on the poor portion of the road, to facilitate vehicular movement in the area.
The Parliament also urged the state government to ensure timely completion of Coca Cola road bridge before the next raining season, to reduce the sufferings of motorists plying the road.
It equally directed the State Ministry of Environment and Forestry to evacuate the refuse in the drainage at Kongbari junction, Adangba Ilorin, to ensure free flow of erosion, while residents of the area were enjoined to imbibe hygienic culture to forestall outbreak of epidemic disease in the area.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Mashood Bakare, had while presenting the report, observed, among other things, that the collapsed box culvert at Alagbado road was swept off, thereby cutting off the road, while the on going construction of coca Cola bridge was not abandoned by the contractor,but attributed slow pace of work on the project to persistent rain fall.
It would be recalled that a member representing Ilorin North West Constituency, Hon Abdul Rafiu Abdul Rahman, had on Tuesday 31st October under Matter of General Public Importance, raised alarm over the poor condition of culvert at Kongbari junction, Adangba Ilorin and urged the House to wade in, with a view to proffering enduring solutions to the problem.