The residents of the Bolga-Sherigu in the Upper East who demonstrated against President Mahama expressed their disappointment in the NDC arguing that the electorates in the community have always voted for NDC but they are yet to see any form of development under an NDC government.
According to Accra-based Starr FM this demonstration saw the community leaders and residents carrying placards to register their displeasure.
The leaders of the community had scheduled to hold a press conference to talk about their misgivings. But this turned out to be an unplanned demonstration by residents.
The crowd kept chanting “no electricity, no vote! no electricity, no vote!”
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Spokesperson for the agitators, Anthony Asakisango said the residents in the community were disappointed in the governing NDC.
“The most prioritised need of the community is light. We have been demanding for light since NDC took over in 2009. And to date, not even a pole can be found here. The reasons we are demanding for light is there has been rampant stealing during the night. Because of lack of light, people sneak into our forests at night and deforest [them]. We are very disappointed in the NDC government under the leadership of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama. Since 1992, Sherigu has been voting for NDC. NDC wins majority of votes in Sherigu community, but there is absolutely nothing in the community which can be pointed at as a [legacy] left by the NDC government.”
“We are re-echoing this into the ears of the leadership of the NDC in Bolga Central and His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama that if we don’t see light in Sherigu before December, their stronghold in Bolga Central Constituency will vote massively against the NDC and His Excellency John Dramani Mahama,” he threatened.
The members of the community argue that because they do not have access to electricity in the area, the students are unable to study at night and no major activity occurs at night. This they say is hindering their economic growth.
They also mentioned that because they do not have electricity theit health facility does not run a 24-hour service.
“Looking at our CHPS (Community-based Health Planning System) compound, the quarters, where it is located, it is far from the houses and there is no light. If there is an attack, a sudden attack, at midnight, where do you hide? So, nobody stays here.”
Meanwhile, the Upper East Regional Minister, Albert Abongo, has indicated that they are working tirelessly to get them onto the national grid. “They will get electricity. We are working on it,” he said.