Sokori River almost spans half of Abeokuta, the popular River is one of the enduring blessings the Almighty bestowed on the ancient city, for the inhabitants’ water needs from the time of settlement.
At Idiaba Area, it flows through Abule Okuta, Abule Ake, LUD Extension, the Site of the new Abeokuta City Hall, and behind Ewang Estate, crosses to Leme, then across Abiola way to Ijeun Titun, where its floods have been an annual unwelcome visitation.
The River floods, since the Rain that started early this morning, till the time of our report this evening, have virtually taken over the bridge, generally referred to by residents in the area, as “Gbenga Daniel Bridge,” during whose tenure it was constructed.
Until 5pm, neither vehicles nor pedestrians could cross the important bridge, because its floods had not only submerged the bridge, but completely taken over surrounding lands and structures, including the terrain of the new Abeokuta City Hall.
The degeneration of the bridge was being fast tracked by articulated vehicles, which had again started to ply the road immediately the rain subsided.
This was in spite of the flooded bridge, being apparently still vulnerable and dangerous.
Other areas affected by the heavy downpour of rain included, the Olokuta area of Idi-Aba, the Amolasho Areo of Kuto, the Ori-Omi axis of Shokori, Ita-Eko among others.
It might be necessary for an emergency action on the part of the Ogun State Ministry of Works to take a fire brigade action situation to save these vital link roads from a degeneration to a damaged control or a total collapse.