The District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Kumbungu District, Mr. Abdul Salam Hamza Abdul Fatawu, has hooked five (5) overseas communities of the Kumbungu District onto the national grid.
The communities include Singa, A and B, Magni, Tolgu, and Gali. Street lights were installed in all the beneficiary communities.
The project, an initiative of the DCE fully funded by the Government of Ghana (GOG), is aimed at enhancing the economic and social lives of the people.
Residents of the communities were thrown into a state of ecstasy when a street light was turned on at the premises of Singa chief palace to indicate the connection of the communities to the national grid.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Abdul Salam Abdul Fatawu, indicated that extending electricity to the communities was in fulfillment of a pledge he made to the chiefs and people who personally appealed to him to connect their various communities to the national grid during his community engagement.
“When I made the pledge, about this electrification project, many people were doubting me. Even when the contractor visits the communities to do his survey, they were still feeling uncertainty. But, here we are today to inaugurate the project”, he said.
He said the connection of the communities to the national grid would pave the way for many developmental projects to be established alongside hopes of improving academic performance in the area.
According to him, he had facilitated and hooked over 70 communities onto the national grid since assuming the role of DCE in 2017.
In his remarks, the DCE while recounting the genesis of the project also advised the chiefs and people of the beneficiary communities to take proper care of the power to avoid electricity accidents.
He also urged the people to pay their lights bills promptly to enable the power suppliers agency to generate more revenue to extend power to other communities in the area.
He reiterated his commitment towards ensuring that all communities in the Kumbungu District were provided with electricity.
“We are just left with only six (6) communities that are yet to be connected to the national grid, and my outfit has placed a request. When it is approved, it means that my district will be attaining a hundred percent coverage”, he narrated.
For his part, the chief of Singa traditional area, Naa Alhaji Iddi Seidu Lansah, who could not hide his happiness on behalf of his people commended the DCE for the gesture.
“On behalf of the people of Singa traditional area and my own behalf I wish to state that, for us, today is the independent day. Independent has come home to Singa today. For us, over 66 years of independence was no meaningful to us unless today. Today, we are joining the rest of the country to be hooked to the national grid. We all know former president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah brought electricity to Ghana, and former President Jerry John Rawlings extended it to the Northern part of the country. For us today, Honorable Abdul Fatawu has brought electricity to Singa, and so he has made the independent meaningful. Independent without development is meaningless, and for this development we appreciate it. We are grateful and honored for this gesture”, he narrated.
The chief, who is also the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, further stated that “Honorable Abdul Fatawu is our Kwame Nkrumah, and he is our JJ Rawlings”.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana.