Chikakore, a settlement with over 500 houses in Kubwa, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, is on the verge of being cut off from the rest of community as the makeshift bridge linking it with others has collapsed.
The main culvert linking the community to the rest of Kubwa is equally on the verge of collapse.
Chikakore community plays host to the Champion Royal Assembly, one of the many pentecostal churches located in the area.
When Northern City News visited the area on Tuesday, some young men, who were filling potholes on the road formed a make shift tollgate and were collecting money from motorcyclists and residents using the worst portions of the road.
The makeshift support system for the bridge caved in following a downpour, which lasted for over five hours on Sunday. The rain almost washed away the culvert, which serves as the main link in and out of the community.
Previous remedial efforts by residents worked for some time but this did not last long as the 2019 raining season sets in.
A substantial portion of the culvert has caved in, forcing motorists to rely on a single lane.
A resident of the area, Mr Mohammed Alkasim, said, “The road, which leads into this community, is in dire need of immediate repairs; large ponds of water and deep ditches litter the entire stretch.
“Each year, residents come together, raise funds to do some remedial work to make the bridge, which is actually a culvert, passable; but this appears to last for a little while before the rain. As soon as the rain sets in, trouble begins.”
He appealed with the Bwari Area Council and the Federal Capital Territory Administration to come to the aid of the community before the culvert completely disappears.