The National Democratic Congress -Nandom has expressed profound disappointment in the Interior Minister Amvrose Dery and his NPP party for a shoddy work done, which has been swept away by flood on July 26th to 27th 2020 due to torrential rainfall.
The party stated that the project only lasted for less than 3 months because it was not properly executed.
The statement available to us says that: “the NDC in Nandom constituency wants to express our deep disappointment and embarrassment on the shambolic work done on our roads by this shady NPP government led by the Member of Parliament and Minister of Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, in Nandom.
It is grossly disappointing to note that one of our major roads that has been constructed less than three months has been washed away by just one heavy rainfall in the constituency. This trunk road is linking the Nandom municipality to Hamile, a boarder town to Burkina Faso. This is 20km road that has been tauted as a milestone achievement of the member of parliament even though we all know that the Member of Parliament only succeeded in pushing the contractor to miss key details and quality standards in road construction.”
Below is the full statement:
We are thankful to the Almighty God for saving and protecting our lives from that disastrous rainfall. We are grateful to God that our lives are still intact despite the havoc the rain has caused in every sphere of our lives.
is in the light of this massive havoc that the NDC within the constituency deemed it necessary to issue this press release to drum home the plight of the people of Nandom having been visited by this debilitating natural disaster.
First and foremost, the rank and file of the NDC and all Nandome of good will wish to thank the caring and loving parliamentary candidate, Dr Richard Kuuire, for demonstrating stellar leadership by his swift response to the flood victims and tour of the disaster locations to ascertain the extent of damage. We sincerely acknowledge his physical presence, empathy and material support that has ameliorated the plight of a good number of victims. The intervention by the NDC parliamentary candidate so far has been the life line to these victims. We pray the Almighty God bless Dr Richard Kuuire abundantly and grant him more grace to lead this constituency as MP come January, 2021.
However, the NDC in Nandom constituency wants to express our deep disappointment and embarrassment on the shambolic work done on our roads by this shady NPP government led by the Member of Parliament and Minister of Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, in Nandom.
It is grossly disappointing to note that one of our major roads that has been constructed less than three months has been washed away by just one heavy rainfall in the constituency. This trunk road is linking the Nandom municipality to Hamile, a boarder town to Burkina Faso. This is 20km road that has been tauted as a milestone achievement of the member of parliament even though we all know that the Member of Parliament only succeeded in pushing the contractor to miss key details and quality standards in road construction.
The evidence of this fantastically inept NPP government’s affinity with shoddiness is clear on the same stretch of road. Whiles the over 84Km stretch of the same road from Nadowli through Lawra and Nandom (Baselbe) constructed under President John Mahama and Hon. Dr Kunbour remains intact even after many years of heavy downpours. But newly done roads in Nandom have become a sad spectacle after just one heavy rain.
As Hon. Ambrose Dery deployed his large brigade of praise-singers to hail him to the high heavens, the said road was only waiting for one heavy rainfall to expose him and all the lies perpetrated on the people of Nandom. The road close to the nose or eye shot of Hon. Ambrose has been washed away; cutting off Hamile from Nandom.
As if the rains were out for revenge, another newly constructed road leading to the family house of the Municipal Chief Executive has also been wiped out completely in this same episode. We may call it nemesis.
Ladies and gentlemen, it must be brought to the attention of the general public that the same Ambrose Dery in 2007 was the Upper West Regional Minister who denied the people of the Tizza- Domwin-Lyssah-Guo-Nandom road of a tarred road on the premise that there was no good contractor. He returned $28.1 million to the then government led by president Kuffour. You can confirm this information from modernghana.com Tittled, “Upper West Unable To Use Road Fund”. As we speak, that stretch of the road remains untared.
Also, one of the major deceitful policies of the NPP in the Northern regions has been 1D 1F. This policy had had lots of backlash since its inception. As we speak, most of their so called dams are not only lazily constructed but are also washed away by this single rainfall within the Nandom constituency. A typical example is the dugout at Kussielle in the Baselebe zone in the constituency. All these environmental destructions in the name of dams, bridges and road constructions under this inept NPP government has only escalated the spate of destructions by this single rainfall.
What is even more disheartening is that as we speak, not even the NADMO, MCE or the MP has visited the flood victims, more than 24hrs after this disaster.
We, the NDC in the Nandom constituency are making a clarion call on NADMO, the member of parliament, NGOs, Stakeholders, the government and particularly the contractor to as a matter of urgency act with alacrity to repair our roads to forestall normalcy within our enclave. We demand a comprehensive emergency response now to salvage what is left of the poor farmers whose farms have been destroyed, house owners that have lost their properties and all other victims of this disaster. It is the considered view of the NDC and its parliamentary candidate, Dr Richard Kuuire, that all of these victims should be adequately compensated.
The NDC once again shares in the losses recorded, empathises with all the victims and hopes that all stakeholders will act swiftly to restore all that has been lost. There are sufficient pictures and videos for evidentiary purpose. Thank you.
Abdul Yakubu Rahman
Filed by: Jinsung Rashid