Dozens of residents of Kasalgu in the Sagnarigu Municipality have taken over the streets to protest over crippling power supply to the community.
The protest follows days of total blackout since last Friday which according to the protesting residents has disrupted normal lives, forcing them to travel into nearby communities to perform mere tasks such as charging mobile phones.
The protestants took over the community streets, wearing red head and armbands and holding placards, with some of them reading, NO ELECTRICITY NO VOTE, RESOLVE OUR POWER CHALLENGES NOW and KASALGU DESERVE BETTER, among other things.
Intermittent power cuts have been common phenomenon in the Kasalgu area but the recent total blackout seems the last straw to have broken the camel’s back as the people have vowed not to participate in the upcoming general elections should the issue not be resolved soon.
Hajj Abubakari Issah, an opinion leader, who spoke on behalf the protestants revealed that persistent pleas and several visits to power supply companies has yielded no results, hence their demonstration.
Hajj Abukari in his speech the Northern ELECTRICITY Distribution Company (NEDCo) a three – day ultimatum to resolve the perennial power challenges or risk non – payment of electricity bills by members of the community as they will resist the company’s bill distributors.
A heavily pregnant woman by name Rukaya who joined the protest said she is forced to join the protest due to untold hardships suffered as a result of the erratic power supply.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Kasalgu, Naa Ziblim Saandoo has thrown his weight behind the protestants, calling on the relevant to attend to their power needs or risk their ire. Naa Ziblim said he and his people suffered with little or no power supply for too long and that it was time to end the predicaments on their own terms.
Naa Ziblim has accordingly placed a ban on campaigning activities especially by the two major parties, the NPP and NDC, saying the partisan politics has not resolved any of their challenges and there was no need to continue to vote.
The chief spoke in an address to dozens of members of his community who visited him this morning at his palace to submit a petition in protest of feeble power supply to the area.