The Chief and people of Kpagadinga in the Nadowli- Kaleo district of the Upper West Region have appealed to government to extend electricity to the community to help boost small scale businesses and reduce insecurity in the area .
According to the residents, VRA-NEDCO high tension poles numbering about 38 have been left in the community for several years to rot while the community members still sleep in darkness.
Speaking to Progress news over the weekend, the residents added that the incident of armed robbery and theft have increased over the years within the Kpagadinga and Kanyinguasi communities as a result of government inability to connect the community to the national power.
Touching on education, the residents mentioned that, education is the key to success in every field of human endeavor and their situation has compelled students and pupils to use torchlight to learn in the night resulting in under performance and with many complaining of eye complications.
The aggrieved residents noted that any government worker posted to the community cannot stay for long due to the lack of electricity.
They indicated that three out of six teachers who were posted to the Kpagadinga D/A primary school left to other communities where there is electricity.
Kpagadinga community has a population of over 780 people with a CHPS compound and a deplorable road network.
The Chief of Kpagadinga, Naa Masahudi Salifu speaking to Progress News urged government to provide good road and electricity to increase economic activities in the community and its surroundings.
The community with a majority population of farmers loses their farm produce to post harvest losses as a result of the poor road network.
Naa – Masahudi Salifu said it is sad that pregnant women in the area have to be carried on shoulders or motor-tricycles to seek medical attention in Wa, the regional capital.
He added that if nothing is done about their plight they will advise themselves in the upcoming December 7 general election.
According to him, the lack of electricity in the area is an obstacle to the youth who wanted to be trained in vocations, like dressmaking, tailoring, and hairdressing to enable them become self-reliant.