Residents of Antakiti community in Osun State, have raised concerns over the collapse of bridge which induced sufferings in linking with other communities in Osogbo, the state capital.
The residents bemoaned that the development has isolated the community from its neighbours.
The bridge is located at Ifesowapo Zone 1b, Antakiti and it has a direct link to other zones in the community.
The bridge was said to also links Mallam Tope, Aiyekale, Ota-Efun, Oke-Odo, Jesu Wa Laaye, Ori Oke Goshen, Ayeegbami and Ore Ofe communities.
The residents noted that the situation has also hinder economic activities in the area.
Also, a nylon company in the area was said to have folded up because it could no longer transport materials easily.
The Treasurer of the Community Development Association, Hammed Raheem said the collapsed bridge has paralysed economic activities in the area.
“The community has written a series of letters to both the local and state governments on our plight but we are yet to see any positive response.
“The community tried to salvage the bridge by contributing money to fix it, but it is beyond what we can do. The available fund could not do something tangible on it.
“The bridge has totally collapsed. We only tried to control the erosion.
“The situation has affected our economy in the area because we can no longer move our goods freely to other communities and people don’t come to our community to trade because of the collapsed bridge.”
The Atayese of Antakiti, Olalekan Muibi, disclosed that the Baale of the community, Mojeed Olayiwola had made efforts to call the attention of the government to the collapsed bridge.
“Our Baale has been making efforts to see that the bridge is fixed but you know that things are not so easy to get in this country.
“The road has cut us off from the other communities and the erosion from the collapsed bridge has also affected our road. We need urgent attention from the government,” he said.