Residents engaged in various commercial activities in the said places are calling on the relevant state institution charged with the responsibility of constructing roads and bridges in the country to ensure the reconstruction of the Manbag Bridge, as it essential for their daily survival.
In an exclusive interview with African Young Voices, the Speaker of Bumpeh Chiefdom, Alhaji Mustapha Tounkara Fofana stated that they were on the verge of urging government to reconstruct Mabang Bridge, owing to the fact that they had already channeled their constraint to several authorities that ended up trivialized their situation, he mentioned.
He pointed out that the said bridge was very important to their trade and other commercial activities, considering the fact that the bride linked many towns, villages and chiefdoms in the Moyamba district, but that due to its present awful state, they were now finding it extremely difficult to market their goods and do their business as usual.
Alhaji Mustapha Fofanah maintained that there were no healthy commercial activities going on in that part of the country, and this had created a lot of sufferings to his people, as most of them depend on trade for their daily livelihood.
‘We buy most of our goods in Freetown and trade them in our localities, but we have been cut off from Freetown capital, and state authorities are not doing anything positive to address our concern,’ the Chiefdom Speaker Asserted ,
He however noted that his people would continue to plead with the authorities to reconstruct Mabang Bridge, so as to enhance trade and commerce, and concluded by stating they were now using canoes to access other towns and villages, including various chiefdoms in Moyamba district, but that unfortunate at the moment as a result of the raining season.
A Resident of Ribbi, Musa Kabba also said that they were frustrated over the lack of transportation to and fro there chiefdoms, life was getting harder for them with a lots of challenges.