The Member of Parliament (MP) for Karaga in the Northern Region, Alhassan Sualihu Dandawa continues to give back more development projects to the communities within his constituency in fulfillment of his promise to address the development needs of the people.
His ability to respond swiftly to the demands and development needs of the people has to a large extent made him an “icon” in the eyes of majority of the people, and also gained much acceptability in most of the communities.
This was evident when the Chiefs and people of Bagurugu, a deprived community in the Karaga District openly showcased their exhilaration at the inauguration of an ultra modern health centre built by the Member of Parliament in collaboration with the community and the District Assembly.
The Community had been in a dire need of a health centre for decades now following their huge population and the long distance between them and the nearest health centre.
Almost all the over 3,153 residents including the Chief and his elders poured out in their numbers to meet the MP, Alhassan Sualihu Dandawa and the District Chief Executive for Karaga, Yakubu Imoro who is also a native of the community on arrival amidst endless cheers, drumming and spectacular popular Damba Dance in honour of the two political heads of the district.
At a colourful durbar to inaugurate the facility, the Chief of Bagurugu, Naa Ziblim Fuseini revealed that the people of the area had suffered in the time past especially pregnant women in accessing healthcare delivery from Pishigu which is the nearest health post at a distance of over 26 kilometers.
The Chief noted that even though the ruling government through the District Assembly and MP had supported the community with electricity, boreholes, schools, and also reshaped their roads, the construction of the health facility was one most important legacy he and his people would forever remember.
“We thank our MP very much for prioritizing the health needs of my people. This facility has taken away our greatest burden especially for our women who are pregnant or are in labour. Previously, these women were carried on bicycles and motorbikes to Pishigu on a very bad road. But now because of this facility we have our own health personnel stationed in this community so it is a big joy for us”.
The Chief, who pledged massive support for the MP and the NDC government in 2016, said that the only way they could reciprocate the gesture and also get more development was to retain them.
Meanwhile, the MP for Karaga, Alhassan Dandawa in the last two and half years has connected over 18 communities onto the national electricity grid and also lobbied the government for the development of most feeder roads in the District in 2014 at the cost of 9 million Ghana Cedis at the overseas area of the district.
He said that he had also helped in securing 5 million Ghana cedis this year 2015 through the Urban Roads to develop the Karaga town road of which tender had already been opened for bidding by contractors.
|MP for Karaga, Alhassan Dandawa (r) and Chief of Bagurugu, Naa Ziblim Fuseini (mid) cutting ribbon to open Bagurugu Health Centre|
The Karaga MP also said that an Inventory Report had been submitted to the Roads Ministry for approval for the bidding for the construction of roads in the Konkomba areas of the district.
According to Mr. Dandawa, his intension to open up the road sector in the district was to facilitate economic activities of the people, connect the district to other market centres and also reduce maternal mortalities in the district resulting from inaccessible roads. He is currently working on some of the feeder roads in the district including the Nambrugu-Nakpalagu road, Nakpalagu-Pagli road, Zandua-Kokpliga road, Zandua-Galabihi road and also tarring the Somoa-Tanga and the Old Market urban roads in the Karaga township with support from the government.
The MP for Karaga also renovated the Pishigu nurses bungalow last year and provided a number of boreholes. Mr. Dandawa also presented 10 flat screen computers and 10 set of streetlights to the Karaga Senior High School last year, and also presented 2 flat screen computers to the Karaga District NHIS office, repaired the broken down NHIS vehicle at the cost of GHC3, 000 and also donated 2 computers to the Karaga District Police and also repainted the Police Station.
Before the inauguration of the Bagurugu Health centre, the MP also donated 12 brand new motorbikes with crash helmets to the 11 health facilities in the Karaga District and also presented four double deck refrigerators to the Karaga District Hospital, Pishigu health centre, Tamalegu Health post and the Komoayile CHPS Compound.
Mr. Dandawa who used to be a philanthropist even before becoming an MP has also installed nine (9) grinding mills in some of the communities he had connected to the national grid. He has donated two deep freezers to the Karaga and Pishigu slaughter houses.
He has also supported some needy students with funds and also gained admissions for many students into the tertiary institutions across Ghana. The MP announced plans to repair the broken down ambulance (cemetery van) he donated to the Karaga Central Mosque in 2011.
However, he commended the chief and people Bagurugu for being the initiators of the project before his intervention to complete it.
According to him, he had always sympathized with the people of the community especially the women for walking long distances to other communities to access healthcare.
He appealed to the personnel to show more commitment on duty and deliver quality services to the people. Mr. Dandawa also appealed to the Chief and people to also support the personnel in any way they could in order to motivate them to stay in the community.
Addressing the large enthusiastic gathering, the District Chief Executive for Karaga, Yakubu Imoro thanked the Chief and people of Bagurugu for the massive endorsement of the government and the Better Ghana Agenda. He said that the Karaga District had been one of the districts in Ghana that had benefited from a number of projects under the administration of President John Dramani Mahama especially in the areas of education, health, rural electrification, water and sanitation, agriculture and road networks among others.
The DCE promised to continue to provide the necessary development interventions to the people and thus appealed to them to also rally behind him and the government of the day.
Mr. Yakubu Imoro who is also development worker underscored the need for the people to maintain their support to the NDC which he said dated back 1992 and vote massively for the party in 2016.
He assured the people of getting them the necessary medical equipments, adequate health personnel, accommodation and means of transport to further boost health service delivery in the area.
The District Health Director, Braimah Mustapha Farouk who received keys to the facility, thanked the MP and the DCE for the initiative. He said that the magnificent nature of the centre was more than a CHPS compound, but the limited number of personnel and the absence of some essential medical tools had compelled the health directorate to name the facility as CHPS compound until the necessary upgrading was made.
He promised to make the necessary arrangement to get the required number staff to manage the facility to befit its beauty.