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Biada Bridge On The Verge To Collapse, Residents Call On Kwara Govt (Photos)

By Adedayo Said 

Residents of Biada community In Ilorin-south local government area of Kwara state have called on the Government to as a matter of urgency repair the Biada Bridge that links Biada and Olorunshogo area of Gaa-akanbi.

The structure is not only of strategic importance to the Biada community alone but also to residents of the satellite communities in Ilorin-south like Onireke, Kilanko, Oke-Ogun, Budo-Efo, and Olunlade who use the bridge daily to access the town for work, market, school and other social engagements.

However, the state of the bridge is now a source of grave concern to residents, especially with heavy rainfall already being experienced in the predominantly riverine state.

A cross-section of residents of the area interviewed by KWARAREPORTERS said the bridge is on the verge of collapse.

According to them, the Olorunshogo-Biada Road/Bridge was built in 2008 under the administration of Dr. Bukola Saraki in honour of the late Kwara United Coach, Abdul-Gafar Alabi and ever since then, no repair or rehabilitation has been done to the road and the bridge.

A resident, Mallam Ibrahim Sanusi appealed to the government to urgently repair the bridge as it poses great danger to motorists.

Lamenting the deteriorating state of the bridge, a resident of Biada community, Sesan Ayedun said, “It is painful to see this imposing edifice in this terrible condition. What started as minor erosion around the bridge head is now threatening to cut off communities across the area from the other part of the community.”

He pleaded with the state government not to allow the worst to happen before tackling the erosion menace now threatening the bridge.

KWARAREPORTERS gathered that on May 29th, 2021 the Honourable Member, Representing Ilorin South Constituency, Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Jimoh Raheem Agboola visited Alenibare Community in Biada, wherein he promised Government Attention to the Community but till now the community has not received any government attention.

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