Collapsed Gbaregolor-Esama Bridge: We’re trapped, Delta communities plead to Gov. Okowa, NDDC

Collapsed Gbaregolor-Esama Bridge: We’re trapped, Delta communities plead to Gov. Okowa, NDDC

The people of Esamna and Gbaregolor communities in Bomadi and Ughelli Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Delta state, have cried out for help over a collapsed bridge that has cut the communities off the rest of the state.

GbaramatuVoice writes that socio-economic activities have been brought to a standstill due to this development and the residents are calling on both the Governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to come to their rescue by fixing the collapsed bridge.

The Secretary of Esama Community, Mr Francis Patani, while speaking with GbaramatuVoice on Monday stated that the collapse of the only bridge linking the communities has cut off the people from the Bomadi the local government headquarters, adding that the incident was caused by the 2022 flood.

“We have been cut off from all socio-economic activities within our local government area and its suburbs due to the collapse of the Bridge. Since this ugly scenario, the communities has experienced unprecedented hardship as our farm produce do not have any means of getting to the market and the only means of transportation now is through the canoe.

“Since the bridge is cut off by flood last year, cars cannot enter the community. Also, tractors, are also facing huge challenges as bringing materials like cement, granite and other things can no longer be done freely and this have also increased the cost of living in the community.

The community leader further lamented that since this sad incident occurred, nobody in their communities has heard anything from the state government.

Also speaking, the Financial Secretary of the community, Alex, stated that the suffering in the community has become unbearable due to the incident and he called on the government and relevant agencies to come to the aid of the people.

According to him, it is now almost impossible for the women in the communities to carry their wares to Bomadi.