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Ekiti community residents, motorists stranded as bridge collapses

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Motorists and residents of Ijan-Ekiti community in Gbonyin Local government area of Ekiti State were on Saturday left stranded after the bridge linking the community to other parts of the state collapsed.

VAM News gathered that the bridge was damaged by heavy downpour and was weakened by persistent erosion, overflow of water, as well increasing movements of heavy-duty vehicles that Ado-Ijan-Omuo-Kabba-Abuja federal road witnessed on Saturday.

The bridge was located at the St. Paul’s Anglican Primary School, Ijan-Ekiti.

The terrible situation came barely two weeks after the town lost its monarch and Onijan of Ijan Ekiti, Oba Oyewole Fadahunsi, who joined his ancestors, after reigning for 19 years.

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The people of the town and motorists plying the Ado Ekiti-Ijan-Ikare Akoko and the Ado Ekiti-Ijan-Abuja routes have lamented the collapse of the bridge.

They said the situation had cut off residents from the capital city and called on the federal and state governments to reconstruct the bridge.

Among communities affected by the collapsed bridge are Ijan, Iluomoba, Agbado, Aisegba, Imesi and Ode Ekiti, as well those travelling out of the state to Ondo, Kogi and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Osodi of Ijan Ekiti, High Chief Kehinde Ojo, appealed to the federal and state governments to promptly reconstruct the bridge to restore normalcy on the road.

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Ojo, who is the acting traditional head of Ijan Ekiti pending the appointment of a regent, stated that a letter was written to the state government on the need to take prompt action on the collapsed bridge.

The community leader said, “As we speak now, traffic along that route has been altered. Economic activities are also being affected because some of the vehicles carrying agriculture products to the market centres are affected.

“We should also look at the environmental hazard the portion poses to our people being in the heart of the town. The surroundings are being degraded due to erosion and this should not be allowed to continue,” he said.

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