Residents of Gbullung and its environs in Tolon District of the Northern Region on Wednesday hit the streets of their communities in protest of the bad state of roads in the area.
According to them, three main roads, Gbullung-Kumbungu, Gubllung-Nyankpala and Gbullung-Tolon, which are about six miles each, are in a very deplorable state and all efforts to get authorities work on them has proven futile.
The demonstrators who marched through the principal streets of the told Tolon the District Capital, later presented a petition to President John Dramani Mahama through the District Chief Executive.
Read Full Details of their Petition Below:
PETTITION TO PRESIDENT MAHAMA ON BAD NATURE OF ROADS IN GBULLUNG AREA ON 15TH AUGUST, 2016
We, the youth of Gbullung and its environs on our behalf and on behalf of the chiefs and residents of the area, wish to petition the President John Dramani Mahama to as a matter of urgency construct the three major roads linking Gbullung to Kumbungu, Tolon and Nyankpala.
The residents of over thirty-communities, who are using these roads for various purposes, go through hell especially in the rainy season. It is sad to note that all business and social activities come to a halt during rainy seasons due to the deplorable nature of the roads.
The three main roads, Gbullung-Kumbungu, Gubllung-Nyankpala and Gbullung-Tolon, which are about six miles each, are our main headache. In fact, the nature of the roads is causing social disharmony by disconnecting families and destructing economic activities, making us poorer and poorer.
Workers and farmers in the area cannot go about their usual duties due to the state of the roads. Farmers have to travel to Tamale through Nyankpala for agricultural inputs and sales of their agri-produce but can hardly do so due to the nature of the roads. The ordeal of rice processors in the area go through in the attempt to send their rice for milling in Nyankpala is not different.
Government workers like teachers, nurses among others refuse posting to the area and the few that accept posting also have challenge of movement within the area.
We, the youth of Gbullung and its surrounding communities, with the support of our chiefs and elders, have resolved to give government a one-month ultimatum which starts from 15th August, 2016 to act on our request else WE WILL NOT VOTE come December 7. We will not also tolerate any political campaign activities in the area if we don’t see any action on our roads within this period.
We trust that the President is a listening brother and father and will act on our request with the urgency that it deserves.
Secretary of Gbullung Area Youth Association
Seidu Safianu Zanchata