Excitement In Bayelsa Community As Work Progresses On Collapsed Bridge

Excitement In Bayelsa Community As Work Progresses On Collapsed Bridge

Work on the reconstruction of the collapsed Imiringi community bridge in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has reached advanced stage sparking hope that it would be completed on time, Vanguard reports. Residents of the serene but fast growing settlement were forced to build a makeshift wooden channel, popularly known as Monkey Bridge, across the Kolo Creek to link the community, when the bridge built over four decades ago buckled during the 2012 flood disaster and the long distance of the narrow SPDC iron bridge from the heart of the community. The company to enable personnel access, community sources told NDV, built the SPDC steel structure, its many locations in the community. Interestingly, the predominantly agrarian community, host to the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has over 15 functional oil wells and 10 gas wells and the company logistic gas base with ongoing gas turbine, which is expected to supply electricity to its residents and that of Elebele, Otuasega and Oruma communities when completed. Though the reconstruction of the collapsed bridge was started in 2014, it was however, stalled due to funding constraint caused by the drop in the state allocation from the federation accounts during the recent recession experienced in the country. But the contractor handling the project returned to site about three months ago after it was mobilised by the state government in fulfillment of its promise to the people of the area to construct a new bridge to link the community. When NDV visited the area weekend, work was in progress as the fixing of the beams was ongoing. The community, it was observed, is a classical case the people saw the project as dear to them and have continued to troop out in their numbers to the project site to see whatever assistance they could render to ensure the speedy completion of the project.

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