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  • News - North Central - Nasarawa
  • Updated: April 13, 2024

Fix collapsed Nasarawa bridge - Lawmaker begs Tinubu

Fix collapsed Nasarawa bridge - Lawmaker begs Tinubu

Representative Esson Mairiga, serving the Lafia North Constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has urged both federal and state governments to expedite the completion of the Assakio – Ashige bridge before the onset of heavy rains.

Mairiga's plea begins from the challenges faced by commuters on the route. During a visit to the collapsed bridge site in Assakio, Lafia Local Government Area (LGA), he emphasized the urgent need for action.

Highlighting the vital role of the road in connecting various agricultural communities, Mairiga warned of potential threats to food security and socio-economic activities if the issue remains unaddressed.

Expressing dismay over the sluggish progress of the project, he urged the contracted firm to prioritize the completion, emphasizing the critical importance of timely execution for the well-being of the affected communities.

According News Agency of Nigeria, the lawmaker said if the contractor doesn’t have the capacity to handle the work, the Federal Government should revoke the contract and give it to a more competent hand.

“People are suffering as a result of this collapsed bridge.

“Some of the vehicles that are trying to access alternative roads couldn’t make it and resulted in the destruction of valuables worth millions of naira. This is uncalled for and very pathetic.

“My appeal is that the government should rise up to the occasion before the main rainy season sets in properly,” he said.

According to him, this is the alternative road to Plateau state.

Motorists from Shendam, Yelwa, Kurgwi, Lafia, among others, go on this road every day.

“Locals are using the road to go to the market and farms, oncethe road is cut off, all economic activities within the axis will collapse

“Therefore, there is the need for government to act fast to complete the bridge,” he added.

Mairiga called on the people and motorists to exercise patience as effort is in place to talk to those responsible to see to the urgent completion of the bridge.

“I want to assure you that I will leave no stone unturned to make sure that the road is put to use within the shortest possible time,” he emphasised.

Also speaking, the youth leader, Yakuza/Ashige community, Daniel Agya, said it was unfortunate that the bridge could not be fixed after more than seven weeks with the commencement of work.

He sympathised with the people of the area and travellers, who are suffering on a daily basis as a result of the collapsed bridge.

In an interview, a driver, Usman Nura, who was coming from Shendam to Lafia and got trapped, lamented bitterly on the non-completion of the bridge.

He called on the government to act fast in order to put the road back to use to ease the suffering of motorists and other road users.

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