The people Sansayiri, Soguoyiri and Konkrompe 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 Sansayiri to Konkrompe to enable them transport their farm produce easily to the market.
These communities are endowed with cassava, yam, groundnut among other crops, which can potentially propel the areas’ development, but the poor road network is disincentive to development in the area.
Members of these communities revealed their challenge to Yagbon News as they embarked on a communal labour on Monday, August 10, 2020, to fill in the pot holes on the road. They revealed to Yagbon News that the residents depend largely on motorcycles for transportation.
The people complained about the deplorable state of the road network linking Sansayiri to Konkrompe lamenting that the poor state of this road was contributing a great deal to post-harvest losses in these areas.
“The deplorable state of this road network has compelled commercial vehicles to abandon these communities thereby impacting negatively on the local economy as farmers and traders are left stranded and food crops left to rot on farms.
Market women and inhabitants of these farming communities 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 Assembly member of the area, Hon. Datoor Jacob Kwabena told Yagbon News.
The Assemblyman is worried the communities have not developed socio-economically over the years as a result of the deplorable state of the road.
He explained to Yagbon News that the road network had deteriorated from bad to worse with the onset of the rainy season.
He also added that the situation has affected sick and pregnant women during labour most of whom are only put on motorcycles to the District hospital in Sawla.
He, therefore, appealed to 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 here you can find a voter population of about 1000 but successive governments have failed to construct the road linking these communities, he lamented.
Hon. Datoor complained bitterly fuming, “we voted for NDC and NPP with the hope that our road would be worked on but till date we have not heard anything from any of them” and queried, “Have they forgotten us so soon and it seems we are not part of Ghana?”