The people of Imiring in Ogbia Local Government in Bayelsa, have appealed for speedy reconstruction of the bridge in the community which was destroyed by flood in 2012.

The Spokesperson of the community, Chief Augustin Imo, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Imiringi on Sunday.

Imo said the completion of the bridge had become necessary because it linked the community with other communities in the area.

He regretted that the residents had resorted to the use of canoe to cross the river because of the condition of the bridge.

The spokesperson said that the 2012 flood also created canals in the area which the people now had to cross with canoes on a daily basis in spite of the risks involved.

Imo also appealed to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and all the other multinational oil companies operating in the area to assist in completing the bridge.

He noted that pupils and students in the community were now exposed to danger daily because of the crossing of the canals, pointing out parents now spent more on ferrying their children to and from school.