After a heavy downpour on 26th August, 2011, hundreds of lives were lost and property that worth several millions of naira were also destroyed in Oyo State when flood ravaged the state.
About two months to the fourth anniversary of the incident, residents of Apete, an outskirt of Ibadan in Ido Local Government are still ruing the ripple effect of the disastrous incident and neglect by the state government.
Apete, a populated community was cut off from the rest of the state when the bridge linking the town to other settlements was watched away by the flood.
In what appeared like a rescue exercise, the Governor Abiola Ajimobi led government responded by commencing reconstruction of the a major road in the community and the bridge, but the joy of the people in areas had since been cut short as the projects remain uncompleted till date.
The state government embarked on rehabilitation of the road leading to the community, including two additional bridges apart from the one that was swept off.
Surprisingly, the contractors handling the projects stopped work in December, 2013 and finally removed their equipment last year.
Before the attempt to reconstruct the main bridge, the state government put up a wooden pedestrian bridge which collapsed twice and injured some people.
On several occasions, Governor Ajimobi had assured that the work would be completed before the expiration of his first term in office but the promise ended being an empty one as the road became impassable with the commencement of rainy season.
Not only that road has become a source of worry to the residents, the people are now apprehensive that the abandoned pedestrian bridge may cave in any moment.
The main bridge, which became passable late last year through the intervention of a patriot who paid for the leveling of the edges of the bridge with laterite is now a death trap to the residents who are getting agitated that the bridge might not survive the current rainy season.
One of the traders in the community, Jadesola Olaiya told our reporter that the governor, who “miraculously won second term election”, has not been fair to the community by abandoning the road which he started almost four years ago.
“I’m not a politician but I don’t know of anybody who will say he or she is pleased with the governor on the condition of the road. During the dry season, everywhere is always dusty, now that we are in the rainy season, the whole place is always muddy. How does one explain that?” she queried?
A student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Tajudeen Kolawole who resides in the community lamented the state of the pedestrian bridge which used to serve as short-cut to the institution.
He also decried the dilapidated condition of the road, saying “It shows that the state government is more concerned about the vain glory attached to what can easily be seen by the non-residents and not about the welfare of the indigenes of the state in the rural communities. Apete road is in the suburb and can only be seen or used by the residents and visitors to the community, that is why the government is not bothered.”