Member of Parliament for Bongo constituency, Edward Abambire Bawa, has expressed his displeasure about undue delays in completing electricity supply project in seven communities within his constituency.
According to the MP, the communities were beneficiaries of the rural electrification project started in 2016, but have since been abandoned.
The Bongo lawmaker expressed his disappointment through his colleague Member for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nartey George who posed a question on his behalf whiles on official duties outside parliament.
The seven communities include Awaa – Akalisum, Nayorigo – Asasiboko , Amanga – Kulbenko , Asabgo – Tua, Zorko– Goo, Atung – Tua and Lungo.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Energy when the Rural Electrification Projects in the following communities would be completed: (i) Awaa – Akalisum (ii) Nayorigo – Asasiboko (iii) Amanga – Kulbenko (iv) Asabgo – Tua (v) Zoriko – Goo (vi) Atung – Tua (vii) Lungo,?”, the question read.
A Deputy Minister for Energy, William Owuraku Aidoo on behalf of the substantive Minister said the communities namely, Awaa-Akalisum, Nayorigo-Asasiboko, Zoriko-Goo and Lungo formed part of the Ministry of Energy’s ongoing SHEP-4 Rural Electrification Programme in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region.
According to him, 36 out of 48. High Voltage (HV) poles required for the AwaaAkalisum and Nayorigo-Asasiboko communities have been supplied to the site.
He said most of the required pole-top materials have been supplied to Awaa-Akalisum, with 36 strung and transformer installed, adding that the High Voltage (HV) network passes through Zorko-Goo and Lungo communities.
“Mr Speaker, 460 out of 660 Low Voltage (LV) poles required for the project for Awaa-Akalisum, Nayorigo-Asasiboko, Zorko-Goo, and Lungo communities have been supplied and planted.
“Most of the pole-top accessories required for the communities have been supplied to site with dressing (installation) ongoing in Awaa-Akalium and Lungo. The delays in the execution of the electrification projects are as a result of shortage of some key materials/equipment including poles, stay wooden blocks, conductors,” he added.
The Ministry, he said has taken delivery of some of the materials/equipment and is arranging for the release of same for installation works to resume at the project site.
Mr William Owuraku Aidoo said his outfit expects to complete the installation works in the beneficiary communities by the end of the year.