Apete Bridge for completion September —Oyo govt
The Oyo State government said that the Apete Bridge currently undergoing reconstruction will be completed by the end of September this year. The state Commissioner for Works, Mr Bimbo Kolade made this disclosure at the weekend while addressing newsmen shortly after an inspection visit to some roads and bridges being constructed by the state government within the Ibadan metropolis. The commissioner, while urging the people of the state, particularly those directly affected by the project, to exercise patience with government, explained that the delay in the completion of the 45-metre bridge was to give room for solidification and laying of precast concrete materials used for the project. He said that government had instructed the contractor handling the project to expand the water channels to allow for easy flow of water. The Commissioner said that the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-administration would not leave any of the project it initiated uncompleted. “The apprehension of the people that government has abandoned the bridge and that rain has washed away the bridge is not true. We are here and you can see it yourselves that the structure work is seriously in progress on the project.
“The assurance that I will give to the people is that the work is going on; a period of waiting must be observed, otherwise things will fail along the line. Our people should be patient with government,” Kolade said. The Project Manager for the Toll Gate Interchange-Efunsetan Junction Road in Ibadan, Mr Michael Muir said if the road was properly maintained after completion, it would last over 20 years, while the Principal Resident Engineer, Mr Tajudeen Akanbi expressed confidence of the durability of the road.