Ogun State Public Works Agency (OGPWA) says it could not meet up with the mandate of Governor Dapo Abiodun to complete the Adigbe-Opako, bridge before the resumption of schools on Monday 23rd September, 2019 due to damaged equipment and high rainfall.
Consultant to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Akin Adesanya who made this clarification in an exclusive interview with Nigeria Meter said the construction is almost completed and will now be delivered on Wednesday 25th September, 2019.
“Unfortunately, we had some challenges. The main crane they were using to lift things in place broke down. It was fixed, they used it and it broke down again, so they have to remove it,” Engr. Adesanya explained.
“Before then, they were trying to bring new one in but we are looking at where it will come through but we don’t want to cause damage.”
“So we had to wait until they can pull that old crane out. So we had to go and get a new crane from CCEC who is working on the Kuto bridge to accelerate that.”
“Unfortunately also, coupled with that is the rain. There are certain things you can’t do in the rain when the rain is high. That delayed and set us back schedule-wise.”
It would be recalled that Governor Dapo Abiodun promised on Monday 9th September, 2019 that the bridge would be completed within a week.
“I want to assure our people that we will do a thorough job and the flooding problem will be a thing of the past. By God’s grace, this bridge will be ready before our children resume school”, the Governor assured.
Findings by Nigeria Meter revealed that work was at advanced stage but the construction of the bridge has not been completed as at Saturday 22nd September, 2019.
Responding to the inquiry of Nigeria Meter on the project, Engineer Akinsanya said officials of OGPWA are working round the clock to ensure the completion of the bridge as mandated by Governor Abiodun.
“Without those things, the mandate by the Governor would have been met but at the same time they are things we didn’t plan but it happens.”
“They have been working round the clock. I don’t know whether you have gone there, you will see them working round the clock. They close around 2 to 3 sometimes in the morning.”
“But the target now is to be able to get some traffic on it by Wednesday, this week. That is where we are.
“The thing is that we have been working round the clock to make things work. If you go there right now, probably you meet them. Everything is done. The culvert is done, they started back-filling the side, we will roll it and we compact it.”
Nigeria Meter will continue to monitor the execution of the project until the government fulfills its promise on making the Adigbe-Opako road accessible.
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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured residents of Adigbe-Opako and environs in Abeokuta that the bridge linking the two communities will be completed within the week.
Governor Abiodun, who gave the assurance while inspecting the project, said it would have been completed by now, but for some necessary modifications done for the bridge, to carry large volume of water during heavy rain.
“We had to make some adjustments to the original design to accommodate large volume of water when there is heavy rain. Work done here before was not enough to stop flooding. We believe that with what is being done now, the problem of perennial flooding in this area will be a thing of the past.
‘’I want to assure our people that we will do a thorough job and the flooding problem will be a thing of the past. By God’s grace, this bridge will be ready before our children resume school”, the Governor assured.
While calling on the people to be patient for a thorough job, Prince Abiodun urged them to continue to support his administration to serve them better.
Some residents of the area, Mrs. Elizabeth Ajibade, called on those executing the project to expedite action to ensure early completion, while Bayo Shittu, said people in the area had suffered untold hardship as a result of frequent flooding, appreciating the Governor for responding to their plight.