Ayelbia CHPS Center with electricity
Ayelbia CHPS Center with electricity

Residents of the Ayelbia community in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region say they will boycot all government activities in the district including the 2020 general election, due to neglect of their plights by successive government.

They believe that successive governments have not considered them as Ghanaians probably due to their closeness to Burkina-Faso, for which reason they have been denied proper health care and some other basic amenities.

Some residents of Ayelbia Community in the Bongo District

According to the residents, they have made numerous calls on successive governments to connect the only Community-based Health Provided Services(CHPS) center that offers health delivery to the entire community to the national grid, but have not yielded any useful response.

The solar system that provided electricity power at the health facility has broken, thereby rendering the facility ineffective in the night.

They added that they have been demanding for the extension of electricity to their community and since 2016 the National Democratic Congress government provided electricity poles to the community, they have not seen any proper works from the contractor.

They have against this background, threatened to boycott all governmental programmes and projects, till they see electricity at the CHPS center. “We cannot continue losing our pregnant women and children.” A resident said.

Assembly member for the Area, Ayaaba Akoliga David, explained that the youth have every right to be angry, adding that he has raised the matter at the floor of the Bongo District Assembly severally, but the Assembly keeps giving promises.

“I do not know what to even talk about this light, even it is not up to one week that I spoke to the DCE and he promised me that the Assembly will work on it but politicians are always politicians. I and my community members are tired of this lighting system.” He added.

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Meanwhile the District Chief Executive of Bongo, Peter Ayinbisa when contacted on phone, explained that some work is being done to connect the community to the national grid, and dismissed claims that the government has neglected the community.

Source: A1radioonline.com | Moses Apiah | Ghana

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