The of people of Norchiity-yiri, in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Savannah Region have made a passionate appeal to government to as a matter of urgency, construct the road from Norchiitey- yiri to Kalba to enable them transport their farm produce easily to the market.
The community is endowed with cash crops such as cassava, yam and among other crops, which can potentially propel the areas’ development, but the poor road network is disincentive to development partners.
The people complained about the deplorable state of the road network linking the community to Kalba when they embarked on a communal labour to fix the road, lamenting that the poor state of the road was contributing a great deal to post-harvest losses in the area.
“The deplorable state of this road network has compelled commercial vehicles to abandon our community thereby impacting negatively on the local economy as farmers and traders are left stranded and food crops left to rot on farms”, the residents lamented.
The farmers are the hardest hit by this situation since vehicles conveying their goods are not prepared to go to the farms due to the deplorable nature of the road.
The residents are worried the community have not developed socio-economically over the years as a result of the deplorable state of the road.
They bemoaned that the road network had deteriorated from bad to worse with the onset of the rainy season.
They also added that the situation has affected sick and pregnant women during labour most of whom are only put on motorcycles before the person can get to the Kalba Health Center.
They, therefore, appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency, construct the road to improve the living conditions of the people in the communities.
“We are suffering here, the road network here is in a very deplorable state and this is affecting us as farmers negatively as we are at times cut off from Kalba, the only market center within the area but successive governments have failed to construct the road and we want to use this great opportunity to appeal to the government, the District Assembly, the Member Hon. Dari Chiwitey Andrew and other Non- Governmental Organisations to come to our aid”, the residents appealed.