Residents of the Jonga Electoral Area in the Wa Municipality have vowed not to vote in next year’s general elections if the deplorable roads in the area are left unattended.
The main road which links the electoral area to the municipal and regional capital, Wa, and the rest of the Upper West region has been in poor shape for some time now. The situation has left many residents who are farmers reeling with post-harvest losses as they find it difficult to transport their farm produce, especially the perishable goods, to major market centers in the region. This according to some of the residents is bringing untold hardships to them.
Some residents told W93.5fm that successive governments including the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government have promised to fix the road in the run up to the 2012 and 2016 general elections. The road however has seen no facelift after the NDC completed four years with the NPP also in its third year of governance. The development has thus made the people bitter; thereby forcing them to take a decision not to vote should the situation remain unchanged until the next general elections.
Meanwhile, Hajia Humu Awudu, an aspiring parliamentary candidate of the NPP in the Wa Central Constituency has received a lot of praise from the people as she filled some potholes that have developed in parts of the road with gravel. The residents and other users of the road expressed their desire to see Hajia Humu succeed in her quest to lead the NPP party and called on delegates of the party to vote for her in the primaries as she is development oriented. They also urged other aspirants to do same if they want the support of members of the community.
Responding to the development on W93.5FM’s “Tiyiriyela” programme, the assembly member of the area, Ibrahim Daubile bemoaned the plight of his electorates, and joined in the call on the Wa Municipal Assembly and the government to give a facelift to the roads in the area.
Generally, roads in the Upper West region are in bad shape. This has made travelling and transporting goods from one part to the other very difficult, which consequently is affecting the socio-economic growth of the people and the region.