First phase of major repair works have commenced on the Bridge linking Twanchik and Katon Gyese communities of Sabon Gari, Tudun Wada Jos.
Residents say at least they can now heave a sigh of relieve as hitherto, the Bridge has caused untold hardships to them especially during the rainy seasons.
The Ward Head of Twanchik, Da Peter Chollom Yakubu affirmed that the rains usually submerge the low bridge forcing commuters, businesses and school activities to a standstill until the water subsides when they can cross safely.
While appreciating the Member Representing Jos South-Jos East Federal Constituency, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos for his timely intervention, the Ward Leader said this philanthropic gesture will go a long way in saving the lives of members of the communities and prayed God to bless him.
“Over time, our appeals have fallen on deaf ears as government and spirited individuals have failed to come to our aid and fix the bride which has over the years drowned many people who tried to cross it during the rainy season”, he said.
The Project Supervisor of the bridge construction, Arch. Anna Fom said the bridge project is a response to a distress call forwarded to Hon. Dachung Bagos by the communities adding that this is the first phase of the work which includes fitting of additional rims of culverts while the second phase which is the filling will be completed on Monday.
She maintained that Hon. Bagos has promised the construct a befitting modern bridge and grading of the entire road leading into the community and called on them to jealously guard the project.
The Youth Leader of Katon Gyese, Mathias Polycarp said the construction of the bridge is an answered prayer which over 10 years politicians have ignored or promised but failed to fulfill.
He appreciated the leading Pastor of LCC Twanchik, Rev. Nansel Hosea for his advocacy for the repair of the bridge saying, their yearnings have finally been answered and called on other politicians to emulate Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos who came to the rescue of the communities.
Twanchik community is under Jos South LGA while Katon Gyese is under Jos North LGA.
Members of the two communities were seen happily participating in the work as they were entertained with music by DJ Dado.