By IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja
The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), to as a matter of urgency, carry out emergency repairs on the Wase-Langtang road with a view to reconstructing the collapsed bridge, and rehabilitating the dilapidated one.
Following concerns raised in a motion under matters of urgent public importance by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Idris Wase on Thursday, the House also urged the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to expedite action on the construction of some roads in the area, already captured in the 2020 Appropriation Act, due to their strategic linkages with viable economic mining and oil exploration centres.
Specifically in bad state, according to the deputy speaker were the Bashar-Wase-Langtang-Wamba road in Plateau State, and the Tumu-Pindiga-Kashere (Gombe State), Futuk-Yalo (Bauchi State), Bashar-Wase-Langtang (Plateau State), and Wamba (Nasarawa State)
The House also urged the Nigerian Army Disaster Response Unit to undertake emergency construction and installation of bailey bridges to facilitate the movement of persons cut off by the collapsed Jigawan Audu/Kogin Kasa bridge along Wase-Langtang road, as it directed the National Emergency Management Agency to provide necessary relief materials for communities displaced by the collapsed bridge.
The deputy speaker noted that the Bashar-Wase-Langtang road, as a project, has recently assumed high economic status as it connects high-yield economic nerve centres within Plateau State with the huge mining deposits located within that vicinity and the recent Federal Government’s oil exploration activities in Wase, Plateau State.
He said the road, “other than being a linkage to viable economic centres, also connects several communities in bordering state such as Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, and Taraba States”, lamenting however that the affected bridges were constructed decades ago and have not seen the necessary maintenance and rehabilitation for many years.
“The collapse of these bridges and the continuous deterioration of Wase-Langtang road has adversely affected the lives and livelihood of several communities connected by these bridges”, he noted, adding that if immediate effort is not taken to ameliorate the suffering of those disconnected by the collapse, they will be further faced with pains.