Collapsed Bridge: Kwara Varsity lauds govt on construction work

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor Shaykh-Luqman Jimoh, has commended the Kwara State Government for commencing work on the collapsed bridge linking Shao to Malete road in the Moro local government area of the state.

Professor Jimoh gave the commendation following the deployment of machinery and workforce to the site with work commencing in earnest.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, who noted that the collapsed bridge was pivotal to vehicular movement from the state capital to the University and the many agrarian communities in the area, added that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has again proved that his administration is people-focused and committed to providing developmental amenities for the comfort of Kwarans.

Professor Jimoh, who recalled the swiftness with which the state government effected temporary repair when the collapse happened, said the move assuaged the concerns many had regarding how promptly attention would be given to the road.

He expressed the University’s appreciation to the governor for keeping to his promise on the prompt commencement of reconstruction as soon as the river receded, maintaining that such action has endeared his person and administration to not only the University Community but also all the communities that use the road.

Meanwhile, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of KWASU has appealed to all users of the Shao-Malete Road to exercise patience while using the detour that was created to divert vehicular traffic away from the reconstruction site.

He stressed that the detour was necessary and temporary to allow for the proper reconstruction of the culvert.

Professor Jimoh stated that the University has approached the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to deploy men to the highway to help direct vehicles on and off the highway while the reconstruction is being carried out on the culvert.

He urged all road users to cooperate with the men of the FRSC as they direct traffic to ensure accident-free movement on the road.

It would be recalled that the bridge that connected Shao to Malete road collapsed after downpour on Tuesday, July 18, 2023.

The Kwara State Ministry of Works and Transport inspected this failed portion of the road immediately it was reported and steps were swiftly taken to provide a temporary access road to commuters on the busy route.


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