The Kassena Nankana Municipal Assembly (KNM) has been overwhelmed by the cost of maintaining peace between the feuding factions in the Kandiga-Doba conflict.
According to Joseph Adongo, the MCE for the Kassena Nankana Municipal Assembly, the Assembly is spending in excess of Gh30,000 every month to feed, accommodate and provide fuel for the joint security team stationed in the area to help manage the conflict.
Mr Adongo said the continuous rise in the cost of running the peace operations in the area has become too much to bear. This, he said, is aside from the other socio-economic effects the conflict is having on residents in the area.
He said this when he appeared in a one-on-one interview with A1 Radio’s Mark Smith on Day Break Upper East.
“We have been with this particular fight for a very long time. There is a toll on the Assembly. The security there, it is the Assembly that is taking care of them. We feed them in the morning, afternoon and evening. We also provide fuel. Anytime there is an uprisal, we have to increase the security men there. We are spending a lot. We are likely not to be able to do a lot of projects just because of this particular conflict”.
“In a month, we should not be spending less than Ghc30,000. Porridge alone, if I tell you that in a month we owe more than Ghc3,000, you would not believe it. When the koko person is bringing the bill, you will come and see that, that alone is worth Ghc3,000 or Ghc4,000. With the security that we have there, every day they come to take fuel. They did not ask us to be fighting, that is what they will tell you,” he said.
Mr Adongo called for calm in the area. He reminded residents that a prolonged conflict would mean the underdevelopment of the two areas.
Meanwhile, more than a hundred streetlights have been stolen within Navrongo, the capital of the Kassena Nankana Municipality. The streetlights, stolen in batches, had been installed within the Navrongo township to help improve the visibility and security situation in the area.
While some of the streetlights were stolen brazenly during the day, others were stolen at night. The situation has thus affected the visibility within the community.
Joseph Adongo, the MCE for the Kassena Nankana Municipal Assembly (KNM) speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show said the unfortunate situation is a drain on the assembly’s inadequate funds.
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