*Owa l’Obbo appeals for trapped citizen in farms
By Olajide Fashikun
Obbo-Ile in Ekiti local government area of Kwara State, has been cut off due to rain having swept off the bridge linking the sleepy community with her neighbours like Ora-Ipole, Ayetoro and Ejiu.
The Iyaji river broke down the pillars and foundation of the bridge and swept away the carriage where vehicles pass on Monday night.
Owa l’Obbo of Obbo-Ile, Oba Rufus Segun Adebayo, the Akamo Ekun I in a telephone interview confirmed the incident of the washed bridge.
He told www.gongnews.net “many of our citizens who farm across the river to the other side have not been able to return home. They have been trapped by the river which is still in high surge by the time the community assessors went and gave the palace a report. We are very disturbed.”
“We need to appeal to the Kwara State government to come to our aide. We have sent to the headquarters of Ekiti local government in Araromi-Opin to intimate them of the latest development. No government official has visited the site yet,” Kabiyesi said with an emotionally laden voice.
“If this bridge is not quickly addressed it will wither the subsistent economy of so many families who are basically farmers and whose families depend on the output from the farms for their survival. However, the community had sent emissaries to go through a longer route through Obbo-Aiyegunle in order to establish contact with those who are trapped in the farms.
“This is part of why we are launching this appeal to all the tiers of government to rise up and re-establish our links with our neighbours as well as give substance to the lives of the people whose farms and farming enterprises will be seriously affected as a result of the heavy downpour that swept off the Iyaji bridge.”