Residents of Golkung in Shiwer Community of Amper District, Kanke local government area of Plateau State have heaved a sigh of relief following the construction of a bridge linking the Village with Shiwer, the main town of the Community by member, representing Kanke Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Barrister Wallok Goma.
The community with an approximate population of 500 to 700 people according to the locals, had passed through bad experiences which led to loss of lives due to lack of access road during rainy seasons, a community leader says.
Mr. Iliya Lekgom who is the Deputy Chairman of Golkung Community Development Association, said the ongoing bridge construction by the member who is also a son of the community is a great relief to the entire community which will alleviate the suffering of the people.
“We usually come embark on community labour to make a local bridge with rafts but each time the rain fall heavily, it washed away. We find it difficult to cross during rainy season, especially mothers and Secondary School children.
Sometimes the students miss their examinations because they could not cross over to school. This usually makes them repeat classes.
“If we have emergencies like sickness or labour and we try to rush the person to the hospital in Shiwer and the river is full, we usually have to wait by the river side to allow the water subside. There was a time one of the women gave birth while waiting by the riverside” he said.
Reacting to the bridge construction, the Women Leader of the community, Mrs. Dokritmwa Garba said, it is an answered prayer because they find it difficult to cross over to access the milling machines and once you have crossed and it rains then you will be stranded on the other side till the water subsides.
They community leaders showered blessings on the member for the kind gesture and appealed to government at all level as well as spirited individuals and organizations to come to their aid in the area of provision of portable water, Hospital and Electricity among others.
“Just this week Tuesday we drove on the newly constructed bridge to bury our National Assistant Secretary, said the National President, Shiwer Development Association, SDA, Zakaria Musa Lenka.
He said the bridge constructed by the member linking Shiwer to Golkung and other neighbouring communities has really eased the plight of the people and will boost the economy of the entire Shiwer community, the local government and state at large.
The national President opined that the gesture is one of the great things that has happened to the community in this democratic dispensation, adding that students and motorist carrying food produce can now safely ply the bridge.
The ongoing bridge construction by the House member, Barrister Wallok Goma according to his aide has so far gulped roughly N23 to N25 million naira.