Residents of Sagnarigu Dungu-Kukuo are calling on government authorities to come to their aid by repairing their roads. According to the residents, the roads are in such deplorable state that they are unmotorable. ‘’The deplorable nature of our roads make it difficult for us to travel to other communities or even the market to do business,’’ a resident lamented.
Roads linking the community to other villages, especially to the center of the city are not easily accessible by commuters which they say is a big worry to them. Pregnant women especially suffer the consequences. They therefore called on the appropriate authorities to relieve them of the burden.
They also want authorities to construct a public toilet in the community in order to stop open defecation. The absence of a toilet facility in the community allows community members especially children to defecate openly without recourse.
"If we have a toilet facility here, we will stop defecating outside and save the community from sanitation-related diseases," some residents said.
Residents made these demands during the commissioning of a newly constructed bridge in the community by the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TMA). The construction of the new bridge evolved when the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) Mr. Musah Superior on assumption of office instituted a programme dubbed; Community Connect.
The programme entailed visiting and interacting with residents in the various communities within the metropolis, register their concerns and as well as address them if necessary. As part of the programme, chiefs, Imams, opinion leaders and others were visited. Upon visiting Dungu Kukuo, the team noted the said bridge was a death trap to community members which led to its reconstruction to save residents, especially pregnant women and children.
Speaking to the media, the MCE stated that the construction of the bridge was one of the developmental agenda the TaMA has earmarked to undertake for the people. He said he was there to serve the people as stipulated by law. He therefore urged the beneficiary community to maintain the facility for their own benefit.
Some residents who narrated their ordeal they had to pass through when crossing the bridge. They narrated the stories of women who returning from the market, accidentally dropped their properties into the water or in some unfortunate cases fell into the water themselves. The bridge wasn't safe for motorists either, residents said. They thanked the TaMA for saving them the trauma they had to go through.
BY:LILIAN D. WALTER