Daboya-Mankarigu roads cut off, MP laments impact on livelihoods

Member of Parliament for Daboya-Mankarigu Constituency Alhaji Asei Mahama Seini, who is also a Deputy Minister of Health, has expressed worry over the extent of devastation of flood waters in his constituency.

The situation, according to the lawmaker, is affecting livelihoods and appealed to the Roads Minister to come to their aid.

All entry and exit points to the capital of the North Gonja District have been cut off as a result of torrential rains and the spillage of the Bagre Dam.

This year has seen unprecedented flooding across the northern belt following the spillage of the Dam some weeks ago.

Major roads have been washed away in these areas.

The Daboya-Mankarigu roads from Busunu in the eastern part and Tolon in the northern part of Daboya have been cut off, bringing business and other related activities to a standstill.

During a tour of the constituency to assess the impact of devastation caused by the flood, the unhappy MP told journalists that the situation has heightened poverty among farmers.

“It is a worrying situation that all economic activities have come to a halt such that people cannot even cart their goods from their farms to the markets. In fact, it has heightened poverty among farmers,” he bemoaned.

MP for Daboya-Mankarigu Constituency Alhaji Asei Mahama Seini

According to him, a team of engineers has been dispatched to fix portions of the roads in the Constituency affected by the floods.

He also commiserated with his constituents who have been affected greatly by the unfortunate situation.

Road construction

Since 2015, the Daboya-Mankarigu road has been on contract to one Mr. Peter Mahama.

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The contractor is a brother of the former president John Dramani Mahama.

It will be recalled that in 2020 and 2021 respectively, a similar incident occurred cutting off the Daboya-Mankarigu enclave from other parts of the Savannah Region.

Daboya bridge

The Roads Minister, Kwesi Amoako Atta, in 2017, when the Yapei and Buipe bridges were closed down for rehabilitation works, gave the assurance that an alternative bridge will be constructed on the White Volta in Daboya to ease the pressure on the Yapei and Buipe bridges.

In April 2021 and at the 45th congress of the Gonjaland Youth Association in Bole, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced that construction of the Daboya bridge will begin in June.

“One project that is very dear to my heart and the government is the construction of the Daboya bridge, I have been informed that design works are ongoing and barring any unforeseen challenges, work will begin this year,” he announced to loud applause.

However, work on the bridge is yet to commence.

By Christopher Amoako|3news.com|Ghana