The residents of Oke-Ako Ekiti and Irele-Ekiti in Ikole area of Ekiti State have urgently called on the state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to rebuild the Arinkin Bridge which was destroyed by a flood on Thursday night.
The communities had woken up on Friday morning to the sudden realisation that their bridge had collapsed. Princess Tinuade Ogunbiyi who is the regent of Oke Ako Ekiti, stated that:
“The only solution I see here is for the government to construct a new bridge that has the required capacity for the volume of water here. We want the state government to rescue us as soon as possible. We are helpless.
“Our only prayer now is that there should not be any emergency situation from Irele Ekiti requiring urgent medical attention; there is no passage access for those who want to go to hospital for one reason or the other”
A renowned community leader at Oke Ako, Mrs Grace Olofin also validated what the regent said: “We are pleading with our Governor, Kayode Fayemi, this place needs urgent attention, especially in view of the importance of the agricultural area to the economy of the state”
“With the sudden collapse of the bridge and the overflow of water, farmers cannot go to their farms and this is the time for harvesting yams and if they cannot go to the farms now, the Fulani herdsmen will seize the opportunity to go and uproot their yams and as well their farm produce”
The spokesman for Ekamarun, which comprises of Irele, Oke Ako, Ipao Itapaji and Iyemero communities, Abayomi Oluwafemi, also gave a statement that the communal effort had sustained the bridge and prevented the loss of lives before the collapse. He further stated that the people of the community want the government to come to their aid swiftly.
The Special Adviser to the governor on Road Transport and Infrastructure, Sunday Adunmo, said on Sunday: “We are going to construct a massive bridge. We don’t have any option but to do the needful.”