The government has made a firm commitment to the people of Zinindo, a farming community of the Gushiegu district of the Northern Region and fourteen other surrounding villages to connect them to the national grid before December next year.
The commitment follows a threat issued by the people of Zinindo to boycott the 2012 general elections if they are not connected to the national grid.
According to the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Gushiegu, Fuseini Alhassan the preparatory work on the projects are in their advanced stage and work will soon begin in earnest upon completion of the feasibility studies.
He however felt short of mentioning the exact date work will commence.
He noted that electrification of the deprived communities in the district has been top on his priority list since artisans and small scale businesses in the area need power to propel their machines.“
Tender has opened, contracts awarded to various contractors and electric polls have been procured for the projects to commence”, Mr. Fuseini intimated.
“Contractors on the projects are expected to work simultaneously to ensure the speedy execution of the project before the December 2012 deadline set by the agitating inhabitants of Zinindo”, the DCE told Ghana districts in an exclusive interview.
He also hinted that the recent tour of the district by the president further amplifies the government’s commitment to connect all communities to the national grid and call on communities still in darkness to wait patiently for their turn.
He however bemoaned the absence of electricity in the area since independence and assured the people of a joint effort by his outfit and that of the government to change the fortunes of these communities in the area of development.
Following the pledge by government in collaboration with the district assembly to provide electricity in the area, the people of Zinindo have rescinded their threat not to vote in the general elections come 2012.
A huge banner that reportedly greeted visitors upon entering the community with the inscription “No Electricity, No vote.” has been removed and relative calm has return, as the residents adapt a wait and see attitude to the pledge from the government.