In a bold assertion of its commitment to rural development, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has underscored its unparalleled achievements in rural electrification within the Damongo Constituency.
With a track record dating back to its inception in 1992, the NDC has remained steadfast in its mission to uplift the lives of rural communities, particularly the underprivileged.
The journey towards rural electrification in the Damongo Constituency traces back to the visionary leadership of the Rawlings regime, which initiated the National Electrification Scheme (NES) in 1987. Under this initiative, previously overlooked areas, particularly in Northern Ghana, were prioritized for electrification.
Damongo, then the District Capital of the West Gonja District, witnessed its connection to the national grid in 1998/99, marking a significant milestone in the region’s development.
Despite subsequent changes in government, the NDC’s commitment to rural electrification remained unwavering. Notably, during the 8-year tenure of the first NPP government (2001 to 2008), no new communities were connected to the national grid.
However, upon the return of the NDC government in 2009, a robust rural electrification program was initiated, resulting in the connection of numerous communities across three distinct phases.
The phased approach to rural electrification under the NDC yielded tangible results, with communities like Busunu, Nabori, Achubunyor, Tailorpe, Bodukura, Mempeasem, and others benefitting from access to electricity. This transformative initiative not only improved the quality of life for residents but also laid the foundation for economic growth and prosperity.
Despite the NDC’s comprehensive efforts, the transition of power to the NPP saw a shift in priorities, with allegations of deliberate delays in rural electrification projects.
The NDC, however, challenges the NPP to provide evidence of their contributions to rural electrification, citing documented proof of the NDC’s initiatives.
Moreover, the NDC’s commitment extends beyond electrification, evidenced by infrastructure projects such as the Fufulso-Damongo-Sawla Road. Looking ahead, the NDC remains resolute in its promise to address pressing community needs, with plans to tackle the Damongo water project slated for 2025.
As the political landscape evolves, the NDC’s unmatched legacy in rural development, exemplified by its transformative rural electrification initiatives, stands as a testament to its enduring commitment to the well-being of all Ghanaians, particularly those in underserved communities.
Source: Padfm.com.gh/Bakari Shaibu