Women in the Nasuni community in the Saboba district in the Northern region are constructing bridges to link the Nasuni community to other parts of the district.
Culverts and bridges on the Gbinitiri-Nasuni road were washed away on September 11, after torrential rains and the spillage of the Bagre Dam.
The spillage has caused floods in parts of the Northern, North-East, Savannah, Upper East, and Upper West regions. While seven lives have been lost in the Northeast region, some residents continue to remain trapped in their communities in the Saboba district.
The Kpalba-Saboba, Wapuli-Saboba, and Saboba-Yendi roads have all been cut off leaving residents in what has become an island with no way out.
“Before one can journey to Yendi, you need to use a tricycle to the flooded areas then board a canoe to get to the other side before picking another means of transport to Yendi”, ZAMI Reports’ Amadu Wumpeka Hamdan reports.
However, after receding levels of water, some women in the Nasuni community resorted in fixing the bridges with local logistics, one bridge at a time starting off on the Gbintiri-Nasuni road.
Drivers who braved the water on Monday September 14, could not make their journeys with their vehicles.
The situation is affecting productivity as staff of the district assembly, public institutions, and nongovernmental organizations who had traveled are unable to return to post.
The Saboba district hosts the Oti river, a tributary of the Black Volta Lake which takes its source from the Akosombo and Bagre dams, falling within the Volta River Basin.
Many promises have been made by politicians which have not been fulfilled. One of such is a promise made by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during the runoff to the 2016, General Elections.
The convoy of the then flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party had gotten stuck on a portion of the Kpalba-Saboba road. In an interview with journalists, the flagbearer revealed such roads would be the priority of the New Patriotic Party when voted into power.
At the palace of the Saboba chief and at durba grounds, the promise was reiterated.
“Saboba roads will have bitumen surface…”
Again, during a visit to the district in October 2019, the president committed to getting contractors on the roads in the district but that again, has simply remained a promise.
District NADMO Collates Data.
Meanwhile, efforts are under way for data collection on the impact of the floods on property by the district office of the National Disaster Management Organization.
Zubaida Afua Mabuno Ismail|www.zamireports.com|Saboba|N/R.