People in three different settlements in two different Local Government Areas in Cross River State have complained about being forgotten and asked Governor Bassey Otu to remember them by fixing the only bridge connecting them to the outside world.
Leaders in the area have complained about the difficulties caused by their isolation.
The bridge links the communities of Ejama (Yala LGA), Shi-Aya (Ogoja LGA), and Ibil (Ibil LGA).
Farmers taking their goods to market have stated the bridge has become a deadly obstacle course for them and other community members.
The Godshield Kanjal Journalism Foundation sponsored a conversation between a group of journalists and Mr. Emmanuel Alaga, a 35-year-old young leader.
For over two years, we’ve been managing this bridge in its current dismal condition, as Alaga put it.
To no avail, until God sent your team, had we sought a means to get our message to the proper authorities.
Please deliver our plea to the proper government officials so that they can repair our lone crossing over the river. He proclaimed, “We are suffering.
Martina Awum, another local resident and farmer, has pleaded with the government to step in and help the two LGAs’ economies right away.
We call on the Governor of Cross River State to promptly intervene by mending the deteriorating bridge, which has become a death trap,” said Kanjal Godshield, another interested party.