See This Bridge: “Yet We Have a Government”

See This Bridge: “Yet We Have a Government”
Emmanuel Alaga, an indigene of Ibil in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State, has raised an alarm on his Facebook timeline about the deplorable state of Ishi Aya bridge in Ibil, Nkum Irede Ward in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State.

That bridge serves as a link between Ibil and Ijama village in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State. It also serves as an access route to other parts of Yala from where Igoli, headquarters of Ogoja Local Government Area as well as Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State, can be reached.

According to Emmanuel, “This bridge is saddled everyday with a responsibility of locomotives of all sorts, ranging from trailers conveying food stuff like garri, rice, yams, palm oil etc in large quantity out of Ibil to the outside world not only to give our poor farmers money, but also to feed and give life to thousands of people out there and also for industrial use”.

He added that: “Tippers ply this bridge to make supply of sand to builders on daily basis. Market women and traders also use this bridge for their commercial activities. School children pass through this bridge to & fro school every day…. And this bridge has been in this condition for a good number of years. Yet we have a government”.

Emmanuel stated that tax collectors and revenue agents “harass poor traders”  in his community for revenue, for the coffers of government.

As a result of this development, he has expressed concern about the seeming docility of his people. He has also described politicians from Ibil as people who are “without conscience”.  

He wrote: “I remember dat few years back our politicians without conscience came here and gave us interesting manifestos, where are they today? My most grievous pain is that we seem to be okay with everything. They will come here and buy us ‘gogoro’ and set us to fight ourselves, molest each other for them to go and stay in Abuja while we continue to suffer here in hardships”.

He submitted that “we really need help”.

Emmanuel Alaga’s post is in line with expectations arising from “The Office of The Citizen” as currently advocated by Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria. “The Office of The Citizen” enjoins individuals and communities to identify areas that deserve attention and take action if it is within their sphere of influence to effect change.

Hopefully, that post and this report would create awareness about the plight of the people of Ibil and attract relevant authorities to repair Ishi Aya bridge. Alternatively, a befitting new bridge could be constructed there, to replace the existing archaic one.

Cornelius Ellah
Twitter: @lin_cornellah
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