Fear Grips Adamawa Communities As Flood Threatens Only Bridge

Residents of Wurogayandi and environs, who are subsistent farmers, helplessly watch flood and erosion destroy the only bridge connecting them to the rest of the world.

Wurogayandi, a community in Madagali local government of Adamawa State, links Borno with Adamawa State thereby providing a route for inhabitants to trade in agricultural commodities.

WikkiTimes gathered that the renowned Wurogayandi bridge provides a safe crossing route for the locals.

However, at the onset of this year’s rainy season, flood-prone areas on the other side of the Wurogayandi bridge found themselves in a dilemma. The fate of the only bridge connecting them with the outside world.

Wurogayandi bridge is on the verge of breaking down and once it collapses, many communities will be ravaged, and many spartan agricultural farming areas will be halted down, said Emmanuel Tsamdu, a former lawmaker.

The risk-prone areas of Shuwa Gari, Angwan Sarki, Lumadu Sama, Lumadu Kasa, Duhu Gari, Kwambula and Kopa.

Tsamdu, said that the bridge is in a nearly collapsed state over incessant flood disasters the area records yearly.

“I’m telling you that Pallam has been cut off from normal life, our people can’t access other communities. As I’m talking to you the bridge close to Shuwa is on the verge of collapse.

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“Any other construction you see in Madagali is an intervention project by the federal government, no state resources are being used to the development of the area. May be waiting for another intervention program to rescue our people, I fear before then we will all be ravaged by floods,” he said.

Mamza Idi, a resident of Gulak, accused the government of consistently neglecting the Wurogayandi bridge over the years, leaving communities affected in despair.

To him, if the bridge collapsed, a lot of people will be denied access to livelihood especially those in commercial farming.

“We have been making countless calls, reaching out to the government of the day but our cries are not being heard over this problem we are facing.

“It might surprise you this is the governor’s local government, is more of his home town, a place he supposes to pride himself that he has achieved something good. But what are we seeing? Negligence and less attention are what we get,” Idi said.

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Idi recalled that last year the entire Madagali local government experienced the same problem, and tabled the same complaint to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri but nothing was tangibly done.

He said four bridges are damaged and there is nothing much the Government of Adamawa state is doing to rescue the situation.


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