Caesar Abagali, GNA
Tulewe (N/R), Sept. 4, GNA – Tulewewura
Alhaji Rashid Sulemana Mahama, a Member of the Council of State, has expressed
concern about the upsurge of armed robbery attacks of traders and farmers on
the Kusawgu-Tulewe road.
He said this was due to the poor nature of
the road, and this was affecting farming and hampering development.
He said because there was heavy security
patrols day and night on the highways, the armed robbers had relocated to the
bushes and attacking traders and farmers because of the poor road network,
creating fear and panic in the area.
The Tulewewura Alhaji Mahama raised the
concern in Tulewe during a public forum organized by the Central Gonja District
Assembly as part of measures put in place to bring governance to the door steps
of the people.
The Assembly moved its office staff from
Buipe to Tulewe to operate as a full assembly so that those who have pressing
issues and cannot travel to the district capital to take the opportunity to
contact the staff for information.
The Central Gonja DCE and the District
Coordinating Director, accompanied by other state departmental heads in the
district took part in the two-day meeting.
The Tulewewura Alhaji Mahama, who is also
the paramount chief of the Tulewe Traditional Area, appealed to the government
to pay more attention to the construction of roads leading to major food
production areas to address not only the robbery attacks but also ensure that
food stuffs are conveyed to marketing centres.
“Recently robbers attacked a foreigner and
made away with money and other vital documents. A market truck was also
attacked and the women who are engaged in buy and sell business as their only
livelihood had all their monies snatched from them and this is a major worry to
me and my people in this community”, he said.
He said “I know government is investing
heavily in the road sector and I am pleading with the President to consider
making the Kusawgu-Tulewe road one of his major priorities to save our people
from the unsavory robbery attacks”.
He said if a bridge is constructed between
Binjai and Kusawgu, it will shorten the distance from Kpembe to Kusawgu through
Tulewu to also help farmers cart their produce to marketing centres.
He also appealed for extension of
electricity, provision of potable water and construction more schools for the
Tulewe Traditional Area to improve the standard of living.
Mr Mumuni Shiraz Ibn Yacin, DCE for Central
Gonja, said the Assembly would play its expected role in ensuring that problems
facing people and their communities are addressed.
He said the stretch of road from Kusawgu
junction to Tulewe has already been awarded and that very soon the contractor
would commence work while measures would also be put in place to check the
armed robbery on the road.
He explained that the essence of the
Assembly moving to the community was to enable the people table their problems
for redress while the problems, which could not be addressed immediately would
be noted for prompt solutions.
The DCE also used the opportunity to inspect
ongoing development projects initiated by the Assembly and donor partners and
promised that the Assembly would work hard to ensure development of the area.