Heavy rains Thursday washed away a bridge connecting the Bauchi metropolitan area to the state’s local Ningi administrative district, according to Nanfan Joroh of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency. He told the Bauchi News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that the damaged bridge was 88 kilometers from Bauchi.
Joroh said: “We were at the location of the bridge to inspect and determine the extent of the damage.”
The Bauchi-Ningi road connects Bauchi to Kano and Jigawa states.
Joroh added that another bridge located in the village of Nabordo, 40 kilometers from Bauchi on the Jos road in the local government district of Toro, was also washed away by heavy rain, leaving residents traveling to Jos and Abuja unconnected to the road.
Joroh said FERMA mobilized people and materials to the affected bridges to take urgent action to fix the situation until permanent solutions can be found.
He urged motorists using the affected roads to drive carefully to avoid hitting the damaged parts of the bridges, saying: “for the moment, traffic on the affected sections is limited.”
When contacted, Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed, chairman of the Nigerian Motor Transport Employers Association in the state, urged the federal government to speed up repairs to the affected bridges.
Mohammed said the affected roads serve as a link to the neighboring states of Jigawa, Kano and Plateau, saying, “These states are strategically important, especially given the economic activity between them and Bauchi.”