The Federal Government has been called upon to provide a lasting solution to the broken Tashan Turmi bridge caused by flooding, located around the Gombe-Bauchi highway in Kirfi Local Government of Bauchi State which connects the North Eastern states and other parts of the country.
This call was made by the residents of Tashan Turmi, represented by Abdulsalam Tashan Turmi while speaking to Radio Nigeria, during a visit to the area to witness the condition of the bridge.
Abdulsalam Tashan Turmi said the people of the area are in a difficult situation as a result of the frequent road disconnection which caused severe floods that destroy their farms and threaten their lives, he, therefore, called on the Federal Government to construct an adequate bridge that will provide them with a permanent solution.
Abdulsalam added that during this year’s rainy season alone, the Federal Ministry of Works carried out rehabilitation of the bridge several times after it was broken on different occasions, but this failed to create a positive impact due to the small size of the bridge, appealing for the government to provide a longer bridge in the area.
A driver interviewed expressed his displeasure regarding the challenges faced by the drivers during their journeys, where he said that they often spend hours trying to cross the Tashan Tulmi bridge due to the traffic congestion caused by the nature of the bridge.
The driver used the opportunity to call on the government of Gombe and Bauchi states as the situation directly affected the relationship between them to cooperate in confronting the Federal Government with this problem to ensure the construction of a large bridge that will create a lasting solution related to the collapse of the Tashan Turmi bridge.
Some of the travelers interviewed expressed their displeasure about how they spent more than an hour without being able to cross the bridge, despite all the excuses they’re having to reach their destinations on time, thereby calling on the Government and the relevant agencies to look into the matter and do something necessary.
The bridge is located at Tashan Tulmi in Kirfi Local Government of Bauchi State and it is a federal highway that connects all parts of the country with the states in the North East.