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The Ekiti State Government has issued a directive for the immediate reconstruction of the link bridge in Olorunda Community located in the state capital, Ado Ekiti.

During an assessment visit to the collapsed bridge on Monday, the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, expressed sympathy to the residents and provided assurance that reconstruction work would commence at the site on Tuesday.

According to a statement from the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the residents of the community expressed delight at the government’s swift response and commitment to commence immediate reconstruction.

Accompanied by the contractor overseeing the road project, Mr. Rudolph Najjar, and officials from the Ministry of Works led by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Dele Agbede, the Deputy Governor assured that the government would work diligently to ensure the prompt restoration of the bridge.

The collapse of the bridge connecting Olorunda with Olorunsogo and Adewumi neighborhoods in Ado Ekiti occurred due to heavy rains and the resulting significant flood during the early hours of Monday.

The situation left thousands of residents stranded with pupils unable to go to their schools while civil servants, artisans and traders could not reach their destinations.

Residents disclosed that they had been maintaining the bridge through self-help efforts for approximately four years. However, they expressed gratitude for the permanent reconstruction initiative by the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Otunba Egbeyemi said: “The collapse of the bridge happened as a result of the heavy rain and we have seen it. That is why Governor Kayode Fayemi asked me to come and see things for myself and I am here accompanied by the contractor handling the road project.

“By the grace of God, work will commence here tomorrow (Tuesday). In fact, as from today, the contractor in charge has ordered for materials to be used for the work.

“I have given a directive that quality materials including hard stones be user and laying of asphalt. This government does not want life to be unbearable for the masses.”

The president of Olorunda Community, Pastor Tayo Omolola, praised the state government for the prompt intervention which he said has restored the hope of the people living in the area.

Pastor Omolola who said the collapsed bridge served as the link between Olorunda and the adjoining communities of Olorunsogo and Adewumi saying the collapse has brought despair to residents.

He said the people had made representations to the government on the condition of the bridge before its eventual collapse saying it had been the major bridge in use as the second one had been washed away by flood in 2019.

The community leader urged the contractor and his workers to ensure that quality job is done on the project.

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