Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y Suleiman, on Sunday, visited the scene of collapsing bridges and erosion spots along Ningi-Burra and Burra-Yadagungume roads in order to assess the condition of the roads.
He visited Jigawar Kuran bridge which has been badly affected by erosion and overflow of water, Lumbu bridge along Ningi-Burra road and Lumbu access road which are on the verge of being cut off, collapsing bridges in Mazai, Bashe, Tamba and Burra as well as the Burra-Yadagungume bridges which are washed away by water and cut off many towns from Burra and other parts of the state.
The Speaker who was physically disturbed by the condition of the roads sympathised with communities along the roads for the hardship they are going through whenever there is heavy rain in the area.
In Lumbu and Jigawar Kuran, the Speaker assured the community who converged to receive him that he will take their request of an access road to Lumbu town from the main road and erosion control on Lumbu and Jigawar Kuran bridges to the state government, saying that he is full of hope that Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad will act swiftly.
In Burra, the Speaker expressed worry that even though the state government has recently constructed two bridges along Burra-Yadagungume road to end the hardship faced by the communities, water has washed them away and the communities are cut off from other parts of the country.
On the request by the community for redirection of the road, construction of new bridge and construction of Burra-Yadagungume road, the Speaker who trekked for a long distance to assess the situation, assured them that he will take up the matter to the governor.
Abubakar Y Suleiman who was in company of civil engineers from the Bauchi State Ministry of Works and Transport and some aides expressed the readiness of the present administration to solve problems affecting the people of the state and take development to all nook and crannies.
In their separate remarks, Bello Sule Jigawar Kuran, Abdulhamid Sardaunan Lumbu, Ali Zubairu Lumbu, Alhaji Magaji Sabo Burra and Hon. Idi Kafinta Burra narrated the situation and the hardship being faced by the communities especially when it rains heavily.
According to them, unless the government act quickly, all communities along the roads will soon be cut off as many bridges along the roads are on the verge of collapse.
While urging Governor Bala Mohammad to come to their rescue, they commended the Speaker for the visit which they described as unprecedented, saying the gesture has shown the commitment and concern of the present administration for the plight of the people.
Meanwhile, the Speaker has visited the site of the ongoing construction of Balma-Arinja road which he facilitated.
He expressed his satisfaction with the speed and the quality of the road and hoped that the contractor will maintain the tempo and deliver the project in time.
The supervising engineer for the project, Engr Buba Saraki, who took the Speaker round the site, assured the Speaker of the timely delivery of the project as well as its quality.
According to him, the workers have embarked on a Sallah break but will resume, on Thursday, to continue with the work which they hope to deliver by December.
The Speaker was received in Balma by the Village Head of Balma Alhaji Hussaini Saleh Balma, a former member representing Ningi Central Constituency in the State Assembly Hon. Abba Saleh Balma and crowd of his supporters as contained in a statement by Abdul Ahmad Burra, Spokesperson to the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly.
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