Chief of Sukura, Alhaji Hamidu Ibrahim, has registered his disquiet at what he describes as the “total neglect” of his community by the Mahama administration.
“The Mahama administration has neglected the people of Sukura, and it is more like we are not part of Ghana,” the worried chief expressed.
Chief Hamidu Ibrahim was speaking on ATV’s morning show, Anopa Bosuo, in Accra yesterday.
He was accompanied by his secretary, Ibrahim Seidu, and one of the elders of Sukura, Alhaji Abdullahi.
Sukura is a zongo community in Accra which is predominantly resided by Moslems.
According to him, it is sad people of Sukura do not have somebody to channel their grievances to, adding that that has contributed to the high level of poverty in the area.
“…formerly we had somebody in government [Alhaji Halidu Haruna] who always made sure our grievances were heard and addressed. But this is not the case now,” the chief of Sukura indicated.
Alhaji Halidu Haruna, he pointed out, is one person who continues to play significant role in assisting Sukura in diverse ways, adding that “we were hopeful that the Mahama administration after winning power would give him appointment.”
“We have waited patiently, and to our surprise, one-and-a-half-years down the line, he [Alhaji Halidu Haruna] remains jobless and because of his current predicament, most of the constituents have become stranded,” he said.
Asked what the MP for the area was doing about their plight, Chief Hamidu Ibrahim asserted that the least said about him the better.
“The MPs [whether NDC or NPP] are the same. What they do is to make one promise and the other and after voting them into power they turn their backs on us,” he intimated.
According to him, because there are no jobs in the area many youth have resorted to forming “base” where they sit and drink ‘ataya’ (a local concoction) all day.
“…and many of the youth under the influence of ‘ataya’ tend to indulge in all manner of nefarious activities,” he pointed out.
Still on problems, the chief of Sukura said the Sukura Market is not in the best of shapes.
“The marketplace becomes muddy, especially when it rains, with many of the roofing sheets for the sheds leaking. Our MP promised to replace the current structure with a three-storey building facility, but that has not happened,” he said.
Poverty, he said, was high amongst residents of Sukura. And this, he attributed to the lack of jobs.
Against this background, he appealed to the President, John Dramani Mahama, to consider appointing Alhaji Halidu Haruna, adding that in this way he [Alhaji Halidu Haruna] will be able to continue his good works in Sukura.”