Bolgatanga-Sherigu communities appeal for electricity

Samuel Akapule, GNA

Bolgatanga-Sherigu (U/E), Sept. 20, GNA –
Eighteen communities in the Bolgatanga-Sherigu area of the Upper East Region
have called on the government to provide them with electricity and rehabilitate
their roads.

At a press conference held at Sherigu, they
said the area has not been developed and lacked the necessary infrastructure
that could attract both local and foreign investors.

Mr Anthony Asakisango, the Spokesperson for
the communities, said as a result of lack of electricity in the area, nurses who
are supposed to stay in the Community Health based Planning Centre (CHPS)   commute from Bolgatanga to work every day.

He said the communities have made several
appeals to the government to rehabilitate the road network in the area but that
had not been done, making movement very difficult during the rainy season.

He said the communities had decided that
they would not vote for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as they had been
doing since 1992 if they did not get electricity before December because they
would be voting only for development.

Mr Francis Aduko, the Assembly man for the
area, said majority of the women in the communities were basket weavers but
could not weave at the night due to the absence of lack of electricity.

The entire area has a total population of
24,000 and a voter population of 10,000.  

Among the communities in the
Bolgatanga-Sherigu who organised the press conference are Kembisi, Zuribisi,
Kumperigo, Agondui, Nyorkor, Nyorkor-Agondui, Akulidoone, Sapio, Tinganbisi,
Kunkua, Kariyase, Avogeribisi, Zinga, Nayire, Bugelego, Aguribisi and


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