Oyo: Eruwa/Lanlate Bridge collapses after Heavy Downpour

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The only bridge that links Eruwa with Lanlate town of Oyo State has collapsed on Tuesday, after a heavy downpour.

Eruwa and Lanlate are in Ibarapa East Local Government Area.

One of the residents of the area, Adejumo Ogundele, pleaded with the state government to urgently fix the bridge.

Ogundele stated: “it’s true. We saw the collapsed bridge this morning due to heavy rainfall. The bridge has been in bad condition since. We hope the state government will fix it as soon as possible, because a journey of a few minutes will now take hours with the usage of adjoining roads.”

According to reports, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin has directed two commissioners in the State to immediately inspect the Eruwa/Lanlate bridge.

Ogundoyin said that he has directed the Commissioner for Works and Transport and his counterpart in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to immediately inspect the bridge washed away by flood in the early hours of Tuesday.

I’m his words:

“Nature was at work in my constituency. We are, however, thankful to God that it happened in the early hours of Tuesday and no life was lost.

“I have approached the State Commissioners for Works and Transport, Prof Dawud Sangodoyin and that of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal and directed them to proceed on an inspection tour of the damaged bridge with a view to taking urgent action on it.

“The damage has no doubt negatively affected the movement of our people in the two towns.

“This has even affected our students who are writing their NECO and WAEC as it is now virtually impossible to cross the stream.”