Some residents in the Upper East Region have stressed the need for government to equally undertake development projects in the northern part of the country as is being done in the southern sector.
According to them, the move will go a long way to sustain the confidence of indigenes in their homeland, promote economic activities as well as provide an avenue for employment to the teaming youth in the north.
They called for restrain to the many years of neglect suffered by the 3 most deprived regions of the north commonly referred to as the 3 Northern Regions.
The residents made this call following the official reintroduction of Accra-Tema Railway Service on Tuesday by the Ministry of Railways Development.
“We all remember in 2016 President Akufo Addo promised that when voted into power, the NPP government will construct a railway line from Accra to Ouagadougou. We were told this train services will pass through Paga in our region here, Upper East. Everybody became happy that at long last, we are going to witness major development. Now we’re not seeing anything; they are as usual developing the south leaving us.” Daniel Asumah Baba complained.
Akugre Adagsaana, an Assembly man in the region lamented; “Every good thing that happens in Ghana is kept in the southern part. Is it a curse that we are in the north? Even the past NDC government, led by our very own John Mahama, did the same thing. He was busy developing the south while his homeland lay unattended to. Look at this railway development initiative; it’s a very laudable move. But I wonder if our own will ever see the light of day. Cast your eyes across the whole country and come back to the Upper East Region. No government has ever paid serious attention to us. No airport, no stadium, even our regional hospital is struggling to function.’’
How can we develop as a people? He questioned.
Halid Osman, another resident said “As a matter of fact, if done, the railway transport system from Accra to Ouagadougou will seriously enhance business activities in the north. It will bring relieve to our traders who travel to Accra to purchase their goods. In addition, our people will get jobs. These are some of the things that bring about development to an area. But here we stand, poor as we were; we still are, because successive governments would always concentrate on feeding the already developed southern sector.
Source; topnewsghana.com/ P. K Fordjour