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Govt Abandoned Rural Electrification Project in Sawla/Tuna/Kalba communities

The hopes of over six communities in the Sawla/Tuna/ Kalba Constituency of the Savanna Region have been dashed following the abandonment of a rural electrification project under which they were to be connected to the national power grid.

The affected communities includes Nasolyiri, Sanyeri, Jelinkow, Kponyiri, Seutiepuor, Soma and Goyiri, whose residents have, for more than three years now, waited in vain to enjoy the benefits of electricity just like their compatriots in other parts of the Region.

The communities were to benefit the Self Help Electricity Project (SHEP) which started in 2015/2016, under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.

However, Hon.Andrew Dari Chiwitey, Member of Parliament for the constituency told THE REPUBLIC after he had dragged the sector Minister to parliament that, the hope of his people getting the power supply were dashed after the NDC lost the 2016 general elections.

Hon Andrew Dari Chiwitey, MP Sawla/Tuna/Kalba

According to him, completion of the power supply project would not only lighten the communities to ward off criminals but would help boost economic activities, especially night activities and cold store business would  also shore up.

He has therefore dragged the Minister for Energy to parliament to explain why such important project to the rural communities has been abandoned.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Energy the status of the electrification projects in the following communities: (i) Nasolyiri (ii) Sanyeri (iii) Jelinkow (iv) Kponyiri (v) Seutiepuor, (vi) Soma, and (vii) Goyiri, ” he queried the Minister on floor of parliament last Thursday.

In answering the question, a Deputy Minister of Energy Joseph Cudjoe on behalf of the substantive Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu said “the Contractor, Dass-B Electrical Services has planted 32no. HT poles and dressed 250no. LV poles at Nasolyiri and planted 73no. HT poles and dressed 250no. LV poles at Sanyiri.

According to him the rest of the communities namely; Jelinkow, Kponyiri, Seutiepuor, Soma and Goyiri have been noted and would be considered in subsequent electrification projects.

The Minister further assured that the government is working to provide power supply to every community in the country including those of Sawla/Tuna/Kalba.

John Peter Amewu, Energy Minister

But Hon. Chiwity said he was unsatisfied with the answers by the sector Minister on ground that, the answer was contrary to the Ministry own answers on the same question in 2017.

He said in the previous answer to the question, the minister gave timeline that, the project would be completed by end of the second quarter of 2018,  but the recent answer fall short and to the contrary.

The lawmaker affirmed that, though some of the communities have bhad poles erected, everything has come to a standstill for the past three years.

He expressed regret about the situation, and said all efforts made to persuade the District Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Sawla/Tuna/Kalba Assembly for the completion of the project had not yielded any positive result.

The worst of all,  Mr Chiwitey, who is a member on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Works and Housing said after three years in office, the government has not connected any community with power and that not even a “Light Bulb” has been fixed in any community for power supply in the constituency.

He added that the District Chief Executive has also ordered some poles to be taking from some of the communities, while those that the Assembly received from government are also been shared among party members.

Mr Chiwity noted that, despite several assurance, there was no any indication the SHEP project would be completed as expected and called on government to honour it promises.

Source : therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba


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