|Lawyer Shaibu Mahama|
The 2016 Parliamentary Candidate for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Daboya-Mankarigo Constituency of the Northern Region, Lawyer Shaibu Mahama has lauded the government for the construction of major roads in the area.
Government is currently working on a 56 kilometer stretch of road from Busunu through Daboya to Mankarigo. The road which is expected to complete in 2017 is being funded by the Government of Ghana.
The Project, according to the NDC parliamentary candidate is to open up the area, facilitate the movement of farmers and traders to the major market centres and also boost economic activities of the people, who are predominantly farmers and fisher folks.
Speaking in an interview with Savannahnews during his inspection tour of the project, Lawyer Shaibu said that the Busunu-Daboya-Mankarigo road project had explained how the NDC government was committed to its vision of transforming lives through the provision of massive infrastructural development at all levels.
NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Daboya-Mankarigo said that the construction of the road was one of the topmost priorities of the Chiefs and people of Wasipe Traditional Area in the North Gonja District, after several failed promises by previous governments.
Lawyer shaibu Mahama was optimistic that local farmers and traders in the area would now have easy access to the major market centres in Tamale, Kintampo and Techiman to sell their produce without any difficulties.
“Agriculture is the main stay of the local economy in the North Gonja District. The population census results indicate that 75% of the population is engaged in agriculture, and the NDC government under President John Dramani Mahama in improving the socio-economic wellbeing of the people has introduced several interventions to motivate farmers to increase their productivity. Good road network is one such interventions to motivate farmers to link up with markets and buyers and maximize their profits”.
The NDC parliamentary candidate mentioned that the North Gonja District was flooded with major food crops such as yam, cassava, beans, groundnuts, soyabeans, millet, sorghum, maize, rice, tomatoes, okro and pepper, which required good roads to get them onto the markets.
He further mentioned that the government was working around the clock to construct a huge bridge on the White Volta at Daboya to link the area to Tamale within the shortest possible time.
Lawyer Shaibu therefore appealed to the electorate in the constituency to appreciate the massive infrastructural development projects being executed by President John Dramani Mahama by voting massively for him and the parliamentary candidate.
He was sure that a continuity of the mandate of President Mahama would widen the scope of development for the people in the area.
The North Gonja District is referred to as an “Over sea” area because of the way it is cut off from the rest of the districts in the Northern Region, especially during raining seasons. The district lays behind the White Volta, and therefore farmers and traders would always have to transport their commodities to the market centres through Canoes.
Many farmers have lost their lives on the river in their quest to transport their produce to the market centres.