The youth Association of Zopelig-Daborin in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region have asserted that unity and sacrifice among youth groups bring a greater reward.
This is after the youth have mobilized their own resources to construct a major bridge in the area that links various communities to ease movement.
The bridge links communities, such as Dagliga, Zanlerigu, and Kongo, among others.
With the construction of the bridge, school children and motorists who faced difficulties crossing the bridge, especially during a heavy downpour, would now do so with ease.
In an interview earlier with Talim Christopher, a teacher and Petron of the Association after the completion of the project, he said several appeals to the District Assembly and the Member of Parliament for the Constituency proved futile.
This, he told A1 News, compelled them to stand up to the realities affecting their community and extensively to other communities.
He revealed that materials, including cement, iron rods, and chips, among others, used for the construction were estimated to cost them over GH¢40,000.He said workers, including Masons, Carpenters, and steel burners, among others, who were all hired from the community, offered their services free of charge as their contribution to the development of the community, while the youth also offered communal labor support.
Mr. Telim noted that, though it was the government’s responsibility for the construction of roads and bridges, the needed support was not forthcoming, and it was important that communities make a deliberate effort to carry out some of the projects they could in their capacity.
“We are all aware that some of these projects fall under the government’s responsibility, but in a situation like ours where we had difficulty crossing to other communities to even access health care and schools and the government was not forthcoming, we needed to stand up for ourselves.”
“I will particularly appeal to the government to be proactive in addressing some of these issues because they border on the lives and livelihoods of most people, and even in an emergency situation concerning health, it becomes a major challenge”.
He indicated that the Zopelig-Daborin community was yet to be connected to the national grid since time immemorial, despite the mounting of electric poles, which disadvantaged the community in so many ways.
He appealed to the government to connect the community to the national grid as its share of the national cake to enable the community to also rip some of the benefits electricity comes with, as enjoyed by other equally privileged citizens.
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