Imagine living in 21st Century Ghana without electricity. That is the plight of more than 1,500 residents at Duodukrom in the Ayensua District of the Eastern Region which they want government to intervene in as soon as possible.
According to traditional leaders there, all efforts to draw the attention of government to their plight has proved futile. The result, public workers posted there are refusing to work there.
Duodokrom is one of the oldest communities in the Ayensuano District. It’s a farming community with residents growing mainly cocoa and maize. For residents here, their biggest headache is that more than 60 years after the construction of the Akosombo Dam, they are yet to see electricity.
“We have been looking forward to light since the time of former President Rawlings. We have been made to pay lots of money for this but we still don’t have lights. Doctors and other health workers refuse posting here because they can’t even own a fridge to keep their foods,” Okyeame Boadu who is the chief linguist of the community told Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo who visited the community.
For the Queenmother there Ohemaa Botchwey, the plight of school children who are unable to learn at night breaks her heart.
“We have JHS and even a clinic here. But children are unable to learn at night thereby affecting their education. We plead with government to intervene as soon as possible and help extend light here,” she explained.
A resident, Isaac Opare is worried the community has not developed socio-economically over the years as a result of the absence of electricity.
“Most of the teachers leave in nearby communities. Sometimes they don’t come to work. So, it makes life difficult for us. In fact, the general development of the community has been negatively affected as a result of the absence of electricity. We want government to help us,” he told Joy News.
Their simple plea is for an immediate intervention under the rural electrification programme so electricity is extended there. They also want their Member of Parliament Samuel Ayeh-Paye to prioritise their plight.
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