Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Monday inaugurated the Secretariat-Bodija Bridge in Ibadan with a pledge that his administration would end destruction of lives and property caused by flooding.
Ajimobi rechristened the bridge ‘Restoration Bridge.’
The bridge was one of the bridges washed away by the August 26, 2011 flood disaster which claimed several lives and property in the state. Same bridge had been similarly affected by the floods which ravaged the city in 1964 and 1980.
Ajimobi said the bridge built at the cost of N485m was a testimony of his promise to the people.
He said, “We began a systematic and aggressive exercise of widening water channels and dredging of rivers, so as to allow for free flow of water.
“I am proud to announce that our vision of repositioning the state is being achieved. Many governors had passed through; some wanted to do it, time did not permit them. Some also wanted to do it, but politics and other distractions did not allow them. Now, we dreamt about it, we woke up and we have actualised it.”
According to him, flooding of the river channel and its attendant problems have been buried and forgotten with the inauguration of the bridge.
He commended the residents of Ibadan for their cooperation, saying, “This bridge shall resume, from today, its invaluable contributions to the improvement of our people’s socio-economic lives.”
He, however, stated that the bridge still needed minor dressing, adding, “While instructing the contractor to expedite work on its aesthetic beautification, our administration reckoned that our people could not be kept waiting for longer time before they started making use of the bridge for their socio-economic good.”