THE DARK COMMUNITIES IN BONGO, BY RAP NAABA
Since the inception of the Akosombo Electricity supply in Ghana, electricity has become an integral part of the life of the ordinary Ghanaian. Without electricity, the ordinary Ghanaian feels insecure and unhappy. In 1996, the president of the Ghana, Flt Lt J J Rawlings extended electricity to so many communities particularly the northern enclave. In my beloved hometown BONGO, the erection of poles and wiring began on February 1996. After a year of hard work, the first bulb was switched on. That very day was a historic one as people celebrated as if it was a Christmas day. People of BONGO celebrated ” Abimolga” joyfully aloud. His successors continued his legacy.
However, since 1996 that the first bulb glowed the town, it will interest you to know that there are still several communities in Bongo that are still living in absolute darkness at night that I think authorities and stakeholders should act and bring smiles to these people. A few of these communities are highlighted below.
Akunduo : Akunduo is is a large community in Bongo that has a population of about 800 . The community, a suburb of Adaborobiisi Electoral Area is a stone- throw away from Bongo yet it has no electricity. From one political regime to another, members of the community relentlessly persuade MPs, DCEs and other stakeholders to help them get electricity supply but all efforts yielded no expected results. They have been promised countlessly by politicians that if they give them their votes, electricity would be supplied to them after election. Whenever the innocent and desperate residents throw their support, these politicians quickly ignore them after they have won power. Apart from economic benefit that they are losing out , they have been robbed, raped and lived in absolute darkness since the days of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Akafoua is another community that has been denied electricity far too long. Akafoua is a community under Bongo-Soe . The world’s music Icon and Africa’s star guitarist KING AYISOBA hails from this community. In my interview with prominent people of the community, I was told they have equally been promised a million times but nothing seems to come out of it. They are therefore craving the indulgence of the stakes that matter to let the people of Akafoua know that they are also Ghanaians.
Sambolgo Abolgo is a sub community of Namoo Sambolgo. The community is a large one but also lacks electricity. They have equally been promised of electricity supply yet nothing seems to work out for them. They have lived in darkness for far too long.
I therefore use this write- up as a medium to reecho the cry of the members of the aforementioned communities . It’s my fervent prayer that authorities would see this write- up and sympathize and heed to the cry of the good people of these communities for they also deserve better.
BONGO DESERVES BETTER