Chief of Tumu Raises Concerns Over Neglect of Sissala Land in EU Roads Project

Infrastructure, particularly roads, plays a critical role in the development of any region. For agricultural communities like those in the Sissala land, good roads are essential for transporting produce to markets, accessing services, and stimulating economic activities.
The absence of such infrastructure can significantly hinder the growth and development of these areas.
During a recent visit to the the Tumu Traditional Area by the Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Stephen Yakubu, to introduce himself to the Paramount Chief and interact with the chiefs and people of the Traditional Area, the Chief of Kong, Kuoro Mahmoud Savei Zakaria who represented the Tumu Kuoro, voiced significant concerns regarding the slow pace and uneven distribution of road construction projects in the region.
In his speech, the Chief highlighted a pressing issue: the lack of proper road infrastructure linking the Upper East to the West regions.
He acknowledged that while the government has initiated construction projects, the progress has been disappointingly slow.
Kuoro Mahmoud Savei Zakaria expressed deep concerns about the exclusion of Sissala Land from a significant EU-funded road project.
“The worry and it remains a worry for us, is the EU road—a 60km road that was to be developed in the Upper West region. Not a single kilometer has been constructed in the Sissala area,” the Chief stated.
He emphasized that despite the promises made by various officials, including the outgoing Minister for Roads, the Minister for Agriculture, and the former Regional Minister, no substantial progress has been made in addressing the road needs of the Sissala area.
The Chief underscored the importance of these roads for farming communities, noting that the Sissala area is a significant agricultural hub within the Upper West region.
He cited the exceptional quality of corn produced in the Sissala area, as acknowledged by the current Minister for Agriculture, yet lamented that the region continues to be neglected in infrastructure development.
“What concerns us most is that these roads, if truly intended for farming areas, should have included the Sissala area, given our substantial contribution to agriculture,” he said.
The Chief’s speech is a stark reminder of the infrastructural challenges facing many rural areas in Ghana.
The Sissala area, known for its agricultural productivity, particularly in corn production, stands as a testament to the potential that remains untapped due to inadequate road infrastructure.
The current state of the roads hinders not only the transportation of goods but also the overall economic development of the region.
The Chief’s remarks are not just a call for better roads but a plea for recognition of the Sisslaa area’s contributions to the nation’s food security.
“This aspect we felt so discriminated against and neglected, that road will come for farming areas and Sissala area, they won’t get a kilometer.” he lamented.
This sense of neglect is echoed throughout the Sissala area, where the lack of proper road infrastructure is seen as a major barrier to development.
*Promises and Reality*
The Chief pointed out that despite repeated assurances from various government officials, including the outgoing Minister for Roads, the Minister for Agriculture, and the outgone Regional Minister, there has been no tangible progress.
This lack of follow-through on promises has led to a growing sense of frustration and disillusionment among the Sissala people.
The promises made have not translated into action, the Chief said, “We have heard from multiple officials that our needs will be addressed, yet we see no evidence of this on the ground.”
In his response, the Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Stephen Yakubu acknowledged the concerns of the Chief about the lack of proper road infrastructure in Sissala Land and assured the Chief of a thorough investigation and future inclusion in development plans.
He expressed his determination to understand why the area was excluded from the EU-funded road projects and to ensure that such oversights are addressed moving forward.
“In trying to investigate and find out about these EU projects and the roads, we will dig deep to discover why the entire Sissala West and Sissala East were not part of the program,” Hon. Yakubu said.
He acknowledged the Chief’s frustration, indicating that the omission might have stemmed from an oversight by the assessment team responsible for the allocation of the EU Road project.
“My understanding is that the people who came to do the assessment—I don’t know why they escaped Sissala, but we will work very closely to make sure that we also have a share of the cake,” he continued.

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