Yua Chief, people vow not to vote in any election

…if community is not connected to national grid

From William Jalulah

Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda, MP for Navrongo Central & former Minister for Energy

THE CHIEF and people of Yua, a farming community in the Kasena-Nankana District East of the Upper East Region have vowed not to take part in the up-coming district assembly elections slated for December 28, this year, and the 2012 general elections, if the Yua community is not connected to the national electricity grid.

The Chief of Yua, Naba Agumbire Adondaa, and his people stated their position at Yua on Wednesday at a press conference to inform the government that they had been neglected for far too long, in terms of development.

According to the chief and his subjects, school children have to travel about ten to fifteen kilometres to Sherigu where there is electricity, to study and return home late in the night.

According to the Chief, since 1992, successive governments had consistently promised to give the community electricity and other social amenities anytime they came to the area to campaign for votes, but as soon as they got power, they forgot about them.

This, they say, amounts to insulting the entire Yua community, which, according to them, can no longer be tolerated.

Yua consists of five communities, namely, Aforigabiisi, Atazigibiisi, Taribiisi, Barigabiisi and Gingirigo, with a total population of 3,703 people, whose main occupation is farming.

According to the Chief, the first Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mr. Clement Bugasse, brought ten low tension poles in 2000 to connect Yua to the national electricity grid, but that, they say, did not materialise.

They added that in 2006, the current Member of Parliament for the Navorongo Central constituency, Dr. Joseph Kofi Adda, who was then the Energy Minister, also brought 60 electricity poles, for which they thought he could use his high office as the Energy Minister to give the community electricity, but that also failed.

Naba Adondaa said the people of Yua were disappointed and tired of the unfulfilled promises of various governments, and wished to inform the people concerned, and the government of the day, that they were not interested in electric poles, but rather electricity, or else they would consider themselves not a part of Ghana.

The people are also contending that the poor road network in the area makes it extremely difficult to travel during the rainy season.

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