The second of the four inland bridges, built by the former governor of Imo State, and Senator representing Orlu zone Senator Rochas Okorocha, has collapsed.
The collapse was reported in a Press Release made available to MaaziTV, by the management of the Owerri Capital Development Authority OCDA, warning motorists against using the bridge, to avoid disaster.
The bridge is one of four bridges constructed by the Rochas Okorocha administration, connecting the New Owerri/Concorde Hotel area, to the South End area of the capital city.
One of the bridges near Emmanuel College had already collapsed even before Okorocha left office.
MaaziTV recalls that a former governor of Imo State, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim had warned about the safety of the bridge. He had written severally to Okorocha but his successor had instead used his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo to attack Ohakim for pointing out the faulty bridge. One of such attacks against Ohakim by Onwuemeodo, resulted in a law suit still pending in court today.
The eight months administration of Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, and the present adminstration of Senator Hope Uzodinma, inherited an Imo State with all her facilities and infrastructure, in a state of total collapse.
Almost all the roads built by the Okorocha administration have failed, while some vehicular bridges he built, such as the Orji and Akwakuma flyover bridges, and the House of Assembly underpass, have all been closed down, and rendered unsafe for motorists.
The only structures built by Okorocha still standing in the state, are the statutes he erected, which includes one of jailed ex-president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.
Okorocha himself, like Zuma, is facing probes bothering on corrupt practices when he was Imo govenror.
The Hope Uzodinma administration, in the discharge of its responsibility to Imo people, have also recovered several state property, looted by Okorocha and his cronies, including the KOM University formerly Eastern Palm University, the IBC Orji lands, as well as the Royal Spring Palm Hotels owned by Okorocha’s wife, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha. Okorocha himself was arrested for trying to forcefully break into the seized property.
The seizures have been received with great commendation from Imo people to the Hope Uzodinma administration, for having the will power to commence implementation of the White Paper report, presented by a Judicial Panel of Enquiry set up by Ihedioha, and carried on in the spirit of continuity by Uzodinma.
The OCDA, ably led by Engr Innocent Ikpamezie cordoned off the collapsed bridge, and have warned motorists to avoid the bridge while the government try to address the situation.