The chief and people of Kpongiri in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Savannah Region have issued a 3-month ultimatum to the government to connect their community to the national grid or face their wrath.
The residents say the community has been denied its share of national development as it cannot boast of a single social amenity provided by government over the past 30 years.
“We the people of Kpongiri are telling the government that enough is enough. We have suffered for so long and we are getting ourselves prepared for resistance against the politicians if nothing is done about our concerns”, the spokesman for the community, Chorchitey Matthew said.
While threatening to boycott the December polls, the residents argued that Kpongiri has been excluded from all developmental projects with regards to education and healthcare, hence the October 2020 deadline.
“When it comes to voting, Kpongiri is fully represented because there is a polling station with a provisional total voter population of 591. However, when it comes to development, it is nil. Logically and conclusively, Kpongiri and its environs can be best described as voting materials that are always used every four years during voting after which they are deserted.”
Chorchitey Matthew who addressed the media also bemoaned the fact that even after several meetings and subsequent assurances by the Chief Director of the Energy Commission, electricity had still not been extended to their community.
Describing the situation as worrying, the spokesperson said most of the communities situated along the main road corridors of the region had been connected to the national power grid.
According to Mr. Chorchitey, in 2008, the Assemblyman, Dapila David Dibaarinyer under the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) administration installed electricity poles, which have since gone rotten or been converted into seats.
Adding his voice, the chief of Kpongiri, Naa Mahama Yakubu said in 2016, he and his subjects were “deceived by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration” into voting.
According to him, community members were told that the “community’s electrification project had been awarded on a self-help contract basis”, which required his subjects “to support the workers with feeding and labour”.
Unfortunately, nothing came of it.
“Our great grandfathers, our fathers laboured for Ghana, they paid levies, everything. But up to now, we don’t have any government facilities here…Are we not Ghanaians?… Why are we suffering like that?”, he questioned.
Naa Mahama Yakubu used the platform to appeal to President Nana Akufo-Addo to intervene.
“After the three months, we are not going to vote. They will bring their boxes here, sit here, sit from morning to evening nobody will go there. They will take their empty boxes away,” he said.
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