Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on Tuesday ordered the State Ministry of Water Resources and Energy to deploy boats to ferry travelers across a collapsed bridge linking Lantang and Wase Local Government Areas with other parts of the State as well as Taraba State.
The bridge collapsed last week after heavy rains, it was gathered.
Although Federal, the road is a “major commercial corridor,” said Lalong at the site of the collapsed bridge.
“Although this is a Federal Road, we have to immediately intervene in order to ameliorate the suffering of the people since this road is a major commercial corridor in this area. This is one of the roads that I submitted to the President for Federal Government intervention which has been approved. I will soon be in Abuja to intimate him on this development so that the bridge can be rebuilt immediately,” the Governor said.
Mr. Lalong also ordered immediate rebuild of another bridge linking Shendam and Garkawa towns also damaged by rains.
The collapsed Langtang-Wase bridge, hindering road travel has “greatly” crippled economic activities, Emir of Wase, Alhaji Muhammadu Haruna Sambo said.
Governor Lalong personally visiting the site despite sending teams earlier provides hope, said the Paramount Chief.
The Governor’s visit is “reassuring,” also notes the Chairman, Shendam Local Government Area, Mr. Alex Nuantam.