Residents of Kukuo, Duli Zugu and Yipelinaayili in the Kumbungu District have resolved not to allow political parties to campaign in their communities until they are connected to the national electric grid.
Angry Kumbungu residents ban political campaigns in the community
This was revealed at a durbar of residents of the three communities at Yipelinaayili over the weekend
A petition read at a durbar of residents of the three communities at Yipelinaayili over the weekend said “We wish to emphasize that if nothing is done about our plight, we will be left with no option but to stay away from the polls next year”.
The durbar, attended by community members, chiefs, representatives of some political parties, representatives of Kumbungu District Assembly and members of the media, was to deliberate on the issue of lack of electricity at the communities.
The petition read by Mr Mahama Seidu, Convener of the durbar, said Kukuo, Duli Zugu and Yipelinaayili were farming communities along the main Tamale-Kumbungu Road in the Kumbungu District with a population of about 1,200 and about 120 houses, which had been without electricity for many years.
The petition said “Even though we are just about three kilometers away from the Kumbungu District capital and about four kilometers away from the regional capital, Tamale, with high tension electric pylons passing through our communities, the authorities have failed to extend electricity to our communities despite persistent appeals to them in that regard”.
The petition added “Having become tired of listening to empty promises by politicians, we have decided to give our votes in exchange for electricity since the lack of electricity is drawing our communities backward in terms of development”.
According to the petition, residents of the three communities felt neglected in the implementation of the national development agenda even though they continued to vote and pay tax, adding, the lack of electricity compelled the youth to migrate to urban areas in search of greener pastures.
It said the lack of electricity had also compelled women in the communities to travel to other communities to grind their shea nuts and other grains to cook making them to sometimes stay away from home for several days.
The petition said children in the communities found it difficult to study in the night, adding, mobile phone batteries and memory cards were always stolen from their phones when they sent them to other communities to charge.It argued that extension of electricity to the communities would promote their socioeconomic development as well as encouraged the youth to stay home and undertake agriculture.
The petition said “now we feel that we must also have our share of the national cake” calling on the government to take urgent steps to extend electricity to the communities since the lack of it was adversely affecting the socioeconomic development of the communities.
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