Residents living in some parts of Nasarawa state has been cut off from connecting to states around them as heavy flood with caused a gully erosion, cut off a bridge connecting Nasarawa to northeast and southeast states. Several road users who applied the route were left stranded for hours in traffic, as they could not affording seeking an alternate route in a haste.
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The collapsed bridge near Jinjin Hotel in the heart of Akwanga town, collapsed after that areas experienced hours of a torrential downpour on Wednesday, which was accompanied by heavy flooding. The route which has now become almost inaccessible, is also used by motorists coming from Kaduna, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe and others, who are heading to Abuja.
Men and officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria Police have to create a diversion to allow the free flow of traffic. The district head of Akwanga metropolis, Sir Anthony Yamusa, said the development will cause a lot of hardship to motorists and travelers.
He appealed to the Nasarawa state government and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to put in place temporary measures to ease the free flow of traffic, while also mobilising towards reconstructing the bridge.
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“It is unfortunate that the bridge that connected the southern and northern parts of the country was partly washed away. This will not only affect peoples lives, but economic and commercial activities.
“It is in view of this that I want to appeal to the governor of Nasarawa State to collaborate with the federal government in order to reconstruct this bridge,”