School children at Mwaakpa, a deprived community in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region are unable to attend school at Tamvaar during the raining season due to the deplorable nature of the roads in the communities.
Mr Zivina Yelbo, a resident of the community who revealed this to Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the community expressed worry that as the rains set in, the education of their wards would be terminated until the dry season.
He said anytime it rained, the community was cut off from other communities, but that their persistent appeal to the District Assembly to construct a road to link the community to Tamvaar to enable their children to have an uninterrupted education did not yield results.
He said the lack of roads in the community was affecting economic activities, including; farming as they were unable to access market centres at Tamvaar and Wechiau to sell their farm produce and tractor services to farm.
“If there is no road coming into this community, who will know people are living here and bring us something, as for us here, road is what we need most before any other thing follows” Mr Dery Dabuo, another resident of the community said.
Madam Diriye Soryeon, another resident noted that the lack of roads in the community also impeded their timely access to health care services in the community.
“We don’t have roads here, when someone is pregnant and is about to deliver or when a child is sick, how to go to Tamvaar to get a car and go to the hospital at Wechiau is always a problem. What is worrying us now is the road”, Madam Soryeon explained.
The people also identified inadequate source of potable water in the community as a major challenge to them as the community of over 200 people depended on one borehole for water.
Meanwhile, Mr Yussif Gizuure, the Assembly Member for the area assured them that he would continue to lobby for the road from the District Assembly, and implored the community members not to give up on their appeal.
He said it was his desire that the basic needs of all the communities in the Baleofiili Electoral Area were met to enable them to have a meaningful life, but said that could not be achieved without the maximum support of the people.