The 2020 parliamentary candidate of the governing New Patriotic Party for the Tamale South constituency, Mr. Yakubu Yussif has given hope to some distress flood victims in Sawaba, a suburb of the Tamale metropolis.
He said the Akufo Addo administration is committed to build more roads and drainage systems to curb the recurring floods in the area and other communities within the Tamale South constituency.
He promised to liaise with the Chief Executive of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly to lobby the Ministry of Special Initiatives to invest part of the government’s one million per constituency resources in the community. He blamed the disaster on bad management of the political leadership in the constituency under the minority leader, Hon Haruna Iddrisu.
He believe if the four term Tamale South legislator had showed enough commitment and care, the situation wouldn’t be affecting the livelihood and earnings of the inhabitants year-in-year out. However, Mr. Yussif noted so long as the NPP government remain in power and he’s given the opportunity as MP for the area.
The NPP parliamentary hopeful made these remarks to journalists in Tamale after he and the Mayor of Tamale, Musah Iddrisu Superior visited victims of a recent storm in Sawaba today Saturday, 12 October, 2019.
Many households and properties were submerged on Tuesday following a downpour in the Tamale metropolis and the Sagnarigu municipality in the northern region. Hundreds of the inhabitants have been displaced consequent to that.
“We thank God we have not lost any life, though, we had a lot of properties destroyed; so as part of government policies and programmes, we will try to make sure that we improve the livelihood of the people and as part of it we should make sure that the people have a befitting place to sleep whilst the raining season end soon” a troubled Yakubu Yussif stated.
However, the Programmes Manager at the Business Development Ministry condemned what he said is an attempt by some unscrupulous individuals to politicize the situation. He indicated this is dangerous for development especially in a situation where people are devastated.
He stated: “If we should go that line, it will be dangerous for our development, for instance, the incumbent MP for almost 16 years, what has he been doing about this thing? Only for us to get power within three years and the whole blame should be shifted to us; if he is somebody who cares for their welfare of the people this should’ve been done years ago before now, so we are saying that we don’t play politics with people’s emotions.”
Source: Ghanaianeye.com/Mohammed Gadafi