Residents stranded as flood washes away Oyo bridge


Residents and motorists in the Olodo community of the Egbeda Local Government Area, Ibadan, found themselves in a dire situation on Thursday as they appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde for urgent intervention due to road conditions exacerbated by flooding.

Despite assurances from the state government regarding the reconstruction of the Ibadan-Iwo Road, awarded to a contractor, residents were left stranded when the only alternative route was washed away by floodwaters following heavy rain on Thursday morning.

The collapsed bridge, the sole link between Ibadan and Iwo in Osun State, left hundreds of commuters, travellers, and residents stranded, unable to traverse the affected area.

Kazeem Alabi, a student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, expressed frustration after spending nearly an hour attempting to pass the bridge. “I can only appeal to the governor to help us talk to the contractor for speedy completion of the road,” Alabi said.

Commercial driver Abasi Olayemi highlighted the urgency of the situation, urging both the governor and contractor to expedite the road’s completion. “We experienced a similar situation last year, and the rain had just started. We are appealing to both the governor and contractor to assist in completing the road on time,” Olayemi emphasized.

Another resident, Lekan Anjorin, lamented missing a scheduled business trip to Abuja due to the impassable bridge. “I was to join my colleagues at somewhere around Gbagi for a business trip to Abuja but I have missed now. I will go back home and sleep,” Anjorin sighed.

With residents facing significant disruptions to their daily activities, the appeal to Governor Seyi Makinde for swift intervention remains urgent to alleviate the hardship caused by the washed-out bridge.

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