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Communities, others groans as bridge linking Plateau councils collapse

By Suru Charles

Motorists plying Wase and Langtan local government councils of Plateau state have begun to seek alternative routes following the destruction wrecked on the main bridge leading in and outside the councils.

The bridge, which was yesterday brought down by heavy downpours, has crippled business activities in the councils.

Though our correspondent gathered that no life was lost, commercial activities, at the time of filing this report, have been brought to a standstill.

Heavy downpours as observed by The Trumpet, have in recent weeks resulted in several flooding that has displaced hundreds of persons in Plateau as well as in the neighbouring states of Bauchi, Taraba among others.

Apart from farmlands which are the major source of livelihood for the people that have been washed away, the possibility of the people of the councils engaging each other in business activities at the moment has turned out to be a mirage.

Citing the bridge as the only bridge linking the councils, the need for the state and federal governments to as a matter of urgency come to their aid, the people believed can no longer be overemphasized.

The aged long bridge which has been a cap in hand seeking attention, our source from one of the communities said “has finally been washed away by the heavy rainfall fall that lasted for several hours in Wase local government council.”

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“For now, what we need is an emergency response because, with this development, access to either of the local government councils is practically impossible.”

Our source, who gave his name as Abel Pam Dungs said, “now that the only bridge linking these two local government areas together has collapsed, I wonder what is going to be the fate of our people from the two local governments.

“What we need now is for the government to construct an emergency bridge for us pending when they will deem it fit to embark on the construction of the collapsed one.”

Adding her voice to that of Dungs, madam Agnes, who claimed that “this is the only bridge we use in transporting our goods from one market to another” said if urgent steps are not put in place to get it fixed, the crime wave may likely be on the increase in the areas.

She passionately beckoned to the relevant authorities to wade in to protect their farm products from getting spoilt, “because getting our tomatoes, Irish potatoes etc across to markets now will not be easy for us. ”

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