The Ilo-Ifako residents in Ota, Ogun State have appealed to the Chairman, Ado-Odo / Ota Local Government Council, Hon Wasiu Lawal, to come to the rescue of the bridge that links Lagos and Ogun states popularly known as Odo-Pako, which is presently on the verge of collapse.
A Save Our Soul letter addressed to the Chairman of the council, signed by the Ilo-Ifako CDA Central Chairman, Pastor Jide Adetumbi on behalf of the other six CDAs comprising the community, urged the council boss to treat their appeal as urgent as possible, in view of the raining season.
“We wish to appeal for your speedy intervention which we guess might involve reinforcing the bridge and an end to the use of the bridge by these articulated vehicles in the interest of all. This bridge serves beyond our community or even state”, the letter stated.
“We, the people of Ilo Ifako Community comprising of 6 (six) CDAs are passionately using this medium to appeal to you sir concerning the bridge (popularly called Odo Pako) that serves as a link between Ogun and Lagos states.
“This bridge is very strategic and important considering its location between the two states. It has also become the escape route for those coming or going out of Ota, trying to avoid the heavy traffic at the Toll Gate end.
“Recently, after the reconstruction of the road along the Navy School Of Music, Akeja axis, heavy-duty vehicles such as trailers, tippers, tankers were banished from that road.
“This has led to a situation where all such articulated vehicles now pass through Odo Pako, thus putting a lot of pressure on that bridge which was never designed for such heavy traffic. Needless to say that this has started proving to be life-threatening to the bridge.
“The rain that fell on Sunday 24/05/2020 further exposed the threat to the life of this bridge as some part of it was badly eroded and damaged. (Kindly find attached some photographs taken at the foot of the bridge.
“We wish to appeal for your speedy intervention which we guess might involve reinforcing the bridge and an end to the use of the bridge by these articulated vehicles in the interest of all. This bridge serves beyond our community or even state.
“Thank you very much, sir, for your anticipated intervention
“For and on behalf of Ilo Ifako Community in Ota LG of Ogun State
Pastor Babajide Adetunmbi”