The government, through its Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, had recently announced the decision of the government to construct the link bridge to ease movement of the people.
Residents of the community, on Tuesday, thronged the palace of Baale of Cardoso, Chief Moroof Owonla, popularly known as Kaka, to express their delight with the announcement.
However, they urged the government not to renege on its promise to construct the bridge, which they said would open up the community and increase its economic potential.
Addressing the scores of residents, Owonla said he was optimistic the government would keep its promise.
He said the issue of the link bridge had been a source of concern to his people who felt the government had neglected their area.
He said, “I know Governor Babatunde Fashola would answer us because he is a listening governor.
“We are using this opportunity to thank Fashola and his team for addressing the challenge of linking Igando with Ayobo. It will not only open up the economy of the two area, but also ameliorate the gridlock in the state.”
A community leader, Chief Yinka Ademoye, who spoke on behalf of Cardoso people, commended Owonla for his self effort in reaching out to the government.
A resident, Mercy Okosun, drew the attention of the government to the activities of some saboteurs who were planning to scuttle the project.
She said, “There is a plot by some plank bridge operators in the area to frustrate the government’s plan for the laudable project.
“These people are making money through the bad state of the road and they are vowing that they would frustrate contractors that would be brought to the area.”
Another resident, who preferred anonymity, corroborated Okosun’s statement, alleging that operators of the plank bridges had been holding meetings at unholy hours since the government’s announcement.
“Operators of the dilapidated plank bridges which are of high risk to transporters and pedestrians are holding meetings on how to frustrate contractors. Their argument is that the coming of contractors will affect their business,” he said.