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Motorists Urges FG to Reconstruct Ose Bridge in Owan West

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Motorists on Monday appealed to the Federal Government ( FG ) to urgently reconstruct the old and narrow Ose Bridge at Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State to prevent vehicles from plunging into the Ose River.

Several vehicles from the western part of the country going to Abuja had plunged into the river killing many of the occupants.

The bridge is situated between Ifon, a village in Ondo State and Uzebba, a town in Owan West Local Government in Edo State.

The road, constructed in the 1970s, is the only link for motorists from Afemai, Owan West and East Local Government Areas to the western part of the country.

Besides, it is the only short route for motorists from Esan in Edo State and the eastern part of the country to the western states.

According to one of the motorists, Mr Edeki Aigbogun, who resides in Uzebba, the bridge is a death trap whenever it rains.

“It is situated at a slope and whenever it rains, the bridge is always flooded, prompting drivers to wade through the flood at their own risk because it has no railings.

“The situation makes it more difficult for the drivers to see the edges of the bridge whenever it is flooded.

“Many vehicles had plunged into the river because the bridge has little or no demarcation from the river,’’ Aigbogun said.

Another motorist, Mr Dada Okun, said the narrow bridge, which could not accommodate two vehicles at a time, was built by a construction firm, Niger Cat in the 1970s.

Okun said the bridge required an upgrade due to the surge in the number of motorists that use the bridge to prevent loss of lives.

He said that aside the Ose Bridge, there were two other bridges at Igwue Obi, whose base and sizes had been depleted by erosion.

He said that residents of Uzebba had on many occasions provided palliatives by sand-filling the edges of the bridges but their efforts were always washed away by rainfall. [NAN]

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