By Kayode Abdulazeez
Kwara state government has made a passionate plea to the Federal Government to save the state from imminent disaster as a result of damaged Moro Bailey Bridge and Ohan Bridge both in Moro Local Government Area of the state and washed-off road, near Oyun bridge in Ilorin.
The state Commissioner for Works and Transports, Engr. Rotimi Illiasu, made the appeal while conducting on the spot assessment on the areas alongside the Director of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, in the state, Engr. Jato Abdulakeem.
“Our appeal to the Federal Government and Federal Ministry of Works, in particular, is that they should speed up the work on the new bridge that will serve as a permanent solution to the ancient iron bridge, in the interest of citizens and motorists plying the road on daily basis.
“Another appeal is to our representatives at the National Assembly, although, we have been engaging them and they also assured us that they will follow it up during the budget presentation and also visit the minister of Works on our federal roads, because all our federal roads are not in good condition, and we believe that very short time we will start seeing changes on our federal roads”, he said.
Among the Federal roads mentioned to be in bad conditions were Olorunsogo/Geri-Alimi, and Asa-Dam/Offa-Garage.
Speaking on palliative measures to make the iron bridge more motorable, the Commissioner says he was in contact with the contractor handling the repair and he had assured him that it will be completed before the end of this week.
“The contractor has commenced another palliative work on the iron bridge, I am in regular contact with him, and he has assured me that the palliative works on the bridge will be completed before the end of this week.
“But, what we are actually after is how the new bridge will be completed on time. It’s our job to keep reminding appropriate quarters and we will keep pushing until we get desired results”, he added.