Indigenes of Imiringi in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have pleaded with the state government to resume work on the abandoned bridge project in their community. Asedeygo gathered that the only access to the community, which has about 10 oil wells and four gas plants, is through a narrow bridge with a warning inscription “not for trucks more than 50 tons,” constructed several years ago by SPDC to access its location.
The concrete bridge crossing the Kolo Creek to the community, constructed about three decades ago when the area was part of the old Brass Local Government Area, was washed away during the 2012 flood. This has compelled the natives to construct a makeshift wooden bridge across the creek due to the long distance of the SPDC bridge from the heart of the community.
The hope of the natives was however, rekindled, recently when the state government intervened after the flood and awarded contract for the construction of a new bridge across the creek to replace the collapsed structure. But work on the project had since stopped with the contractor pulling out of site in the wake of the drop in the state’s allocation from the Federation Account. Also, the temporary wooden bridge is now on the verge of being washed away by the rising water level and the impact of water hyacinth.
Lamenting the plight of his people, a youth leader in area, Pastor Ranami Afagha, appealed to the state government to come to the aid of the community. “We are appealing to the state government to hear the cry of our people and mobilise the contractor back to site,” he said.