* 24 corpses removed at resumption of work
By Kolade Larewaju
Abeokuta – But for the resumption of work on the abandoned overhead bridge at Ota, Ogun State, the site was fast becoming a cemetery. The contractors, Julius Berger, said, yesterday, that they removed 24 corpses deposited there by unknown people when work resumed there last month.
Conducting Speaker Dimeji Bankole of the House of Representatives and some Reps round the bridge, the deputy director of highways, Engr. Roberts Agwusiobu said the site was turned into a cemetery after it was abandoned.
Engr. Agwusiobu said â€œit is a good thing that this project has taken off again. While it was abandoned, this site used to be a cemetery. This place was like a grave yard. When somebody died, in the market, they dropped him here. It was on a daily basis. This place was then turned to a cemetery. Over 24 corpses were removed from here. We are not talking of refuses alone. You can see the population density.â€
He lamented that the discovery was alarming and added that there was need for security to be beefed up in the area. â€œThatâ€™s what we are soliciting from the Speaker. Now they donâ€™t drop corpses here again. But letâ€™s assume we stop work here again, it will revert back to burial ground againâ€. The Federal director said works on site would be speeded up â€œdefinitely after the rain and latest January we will get through with this.â€
Earlier, the Speaker had allayed the fears that variation in the cost of the road project would delay works on site. He said â€œI am happier today. They (people around here and motorists) are also happier. Now is to work towards completion. But I am assuring you that we will keep working to ensure this bridge is completed. â€œWe are happy here because there is improvement.
It is a departure from what we used to see here before. I am more impressed than I was when I came here last. Bankole pledged that the bridge which was abandoned by the Federal Government during the President Olusegun Obasanjo regime wouldÂ be completed as scheduled. The Federal government has so far released a total of N 2 billion for the project.