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Nanumba North communities petition President Mills over unmotorable road

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The Nanumba District Federation of Community Based Organizations’ (CBOs) on Tuesday petitioned President John Evans Atta Mills to fast-track the construction of the Yendi-Bimbila-Banda Road.

The CBO made up of communities including Makayili, Bakpaba, Lepusi and Nakpaa Area Union, presented the three-page petition to Mr Solomon Kpandn, Asembly Member of Lepusi to be sent to the President through the District Chief Executive (DCE).

It would be recalled that this is the second time the body is petitioning Government on the same issue.

Madam Ama Abudula Nafisa, a leading member of the CBOs said the construction of the road would ease transportation difficulties the people currently went through.

“We have lived in the area throughout our lives and gone through all sorts of difficulties because of the bad nature of the road and its negative economic, political and social impact,” she said.

Madam Nafisa said the communities were disillusioned by the failure of successive Governments since 2000 to fulfill their electioneering campaign promises made to the citizens of Nanumba North District to construct the road.

“We are worried about the lack of political will and commitment on the part of our representatives in parliament and at home”, she said.

She said the construction of the road would help to reduce maternal and infant deaths, and the negative impact it had on the livelihoods of the communities.

“We are no more ready to be used as ‘political bates’ and to be recognized and considered as citizens of Ghana only during elections. We must be considered as citizens of Ghana with equal rights to motorable roads,” she said.

Madam Nafisa said President Mills’ statement that the Government had secured funding to construct the eastern corridor road of which the said road was part, had brought hope to the people of the area, but added that, “Two years after that statement, we are yet to see contractors on the road,” she said.

She noted that due to the bad nature of the roads, commuters were had to pay exorbitant lorry fares to drivers.

“Our farm produce, especially yams, get locked up in our farms because we cannot transport them to nearby market centers due to the bad state of the roads, thereby worsening the people’s poverty,” she said.

The Assembly member gave the assurance that the petition would be forwarded to the President through the DCE.

Source: GNA

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