This year (2012) Nigeria celebrated its 13th uninterrupted return to democracy (since 1999), but still the common man has not much to celebrate in terms of social amenities. In this period, the residents of Darmanawa and Sheka Areas within Kano metropolis complained of the remains of the only bridge linking the two areas to the main city.
Some of the community members said that they lodged their complaints since June last year, to the Ministry of Environment, Kano Urban Planning and Development Agency (KNUPDA), including the Ministry of Transportation and Housing all in vain.
They claimed to have sent letters to some stakeholders including a member in the Federal House of Representatives representing Tarauni constituency, Mallam Nasir Baballe Ila, and his counterpart at the State House of Assembly Mallam Muhammad Isyaku on the issue but all to no avail saying since then, nothing has been heard even from the ministry.
To testify to the genuineness of their complaints, the blogger deemed it necessary to personally see to the issue. On my arrival at the bridge, I was shocked at the sight of the remains of what the drainage looks like. It was a bridge with heavy flow of water running under the neat rust metal placed on the remains of a poorly constructed ‘walk-over bridge’ along the eroded environs the drainage.
Little children could be seen crossing the bridge with pails and other containers of water on their heads. My heart beat faster, thinking the bridge could collapse any minute and they are going to fall inside the river.
The most disturbing thought that keep lingering in my mind was how would this community cope with their day to day activities? If it rained heavy would they get some food to eat?
At the scene I met some people who complained of the hardship they face, saying they have to spent some hour or days waiting for the water to drained away and pave way for movement, in sickness and hunger ,apart from stopping the business activities for that day.
My visit to the Ministry of Environment confirmed to me that they are aware of the case and have sent a team of engineers to start work on the case following a year of complaint.