Plans are far advanced for the construction of a road through Zongo to Tindonmolgo. Expected to happen in 2023, the road would ease congestion in the area and make the community accessible.
Rex Asanga, the MCE for Bolgatanga said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show.
“We are going to construct a road through Zongo. You know you cannot drive through Zongo so we have decided to construct a highway through Zongo. We are going to do the road in Zongo with streetlights. From the Assemblies of God Church, if you go in there, you would realize that you are walking on rock up to Tindonmolgo. 1.7 kilometres of road. That is what we are going to use the money [money from the sister-cities project] for,” he said.
While admitting that some residents would be affected, Mr. Asanga explained that the demolishing of the said house and the construction of the road furthers development in the municipality.
“The place is already demarced. Yes, there are structures on it but not much. Of course, they [the residents] know that if you have a structure on it [it would be demonlished]. They [the Assembly] have gone to mark,” he added.
It would be recalled Hajj Baba Razak, the Assemblyman for the Sabon-Zongo-Nawuma in the Bolgatanga Municipality expressed disquiet about the indiscriminate building extensions popping up within the electoral area.
Speaking in a recent interview on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, Mr. Hajj recounted that recently, a firetruck could not access the community to douse a fire because of the lack of access roads.
“It is attitudinal. Go to Zongo and see. People have blocked ways [the road] by building extensions. Some have put up toilets. Others have made the back to be bedrooms. Recently, that same route, the fire tender wanted to use it and come because there was a fire outbreak in one of the houses and they couldn’t come,” he said.
Despite the recent fire scare, residents remain unperturbed. This is according to Mr. Razak.
“In fact, they are continuing. Everyday when you go, someone is getting married and he has to get his bathroom by hook or crook means; putting extensions to block people,” he added.
While the level of camaraderie among community members is admirable, Mr. Razak is worried about its implications.
“Go to Zongo and go and get a room, after sometime, it will become like you are a landlord by yourself. It is like you are an indigene. You get to do what you want. That is how we are. We shield each other when it comes to some of these things. You don’t talk especially when the thing is affecting you immediately.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana