Flood: The Oyo government closes the Olodo bridge

In a recent development, the Olodo bridge situated along the Ibadan-Iwo Road has been closed down by the Oyo State government.

In a recent report by the Gist House, it has been highlighted that the bridge in question serves as a vital link between Ibadan in Oyo State and Iwo in Osun State.

On Monday, a devastating flood wreaked havoc in certain areas of Ibadan, resulting in the complete destruction of a bridge.

In a recent announcement, the state government disclosed its decision to close the bridge, emphasizing its commitment to providing swift assistance to residents in the flood-affected regions. The government has assured the public of implementing alternative routes and additional measures to alleviate transportation challenges.

During a recent assessment visit to the site of the collapsed bridge, a team comprising representatives from the Ministries of Works, Environment, Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) made a significant disclosure.

In a recent development, the team embarked on a thorough inspection of the roads located at Olodo Garage, Ido, and Akinyele in the bustling city of Ibadan.

In a recent statement, Mrs. Modupe Adeleye, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, expressed her sympathies towards the victims of the devastating flood. Speaking on behalf of the team, Mrs. Adeleye assured the public that the government is fully aware of the challenges faced by those affected and is actively working towards addressing their plight.

In a rather disheartening turn of events, the scene unfolding before us this morning can only be described as truly lamentable. A team consisting of representatives from the Ministries of Environment, Public Works, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) embarked on a visit to this location in order to personally assess the situation.

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In an effort to assuage public concerns, the government has announced the implementation of temporary palliative measures. In a proactive move aimed at safeguarding lives and properties, the team embarked on a thorough exploration of alternative routes in the vicinity of Olodo Bridge. Recognizing the inherent dangers posed by this precarious location, the decision to temporarily close the bridge was made with utmost urgency.

In light of recent developments, there is a growing recommendation to implement a shutdown and explore alternative avenues for individuals to conduct their business. Currently, the most promising alternative route spans approximately five (5) kilometers. A vast stretch of land, starting from Wofun Junction and extending all the way to Kute before reaching Olodo Bank, forms an expansive route. The government has announced its intention to implement an alternative route as a temporary solution, in what can be seen as a palliative measure.

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