Bugri: rains submergence roads, commuters unzipped tears.

Days of torrential rains Days of torrential rains

Days of torrential rains, have caused the submergence of crops and destruction to farm lands at Bugri in the Tempane district of the Upper East Region.

The phenomenon, which is said to be depicting an annual ritual pattern, have also cut off the town from its trading sister towns-Bawku and Garu, thus making live unbearable and discomforting for locals.

Travelers, mostly petty traders are unable to commute to and from Bugri for the past few weeks.

One can only use the Bugri-Bawku road at a fee, as local boys have pinched-camp at the site, assisting travelers to cross the-chest-level water at a negotiable fee.

A Sections of the deplorable untarred roads, has been washed away as the rains bite unabatedly. Some roads in the district, including the now washed-away Bugri-Bawku road, is said to have been awarded on contract.

As frustrated travelers and residents of Bugri unzipped anger and despair on duty bearers, farmers are counting their losses. For them, their crops are not washed away by the 'stubborn' famous Bagre dam spilled waters, but friendly waters turned 'enemy' due to poor leadership.

As the constructor in a snail space manner muddy the poor roads, residents are raising eyebrows over what they described as small culverts packed and ready to be use on the valley-low-land stretch of the road swallowed by the rains.

"These culverts are too small, looking at the nature of this section of the road. In fact these culverts can't serve the purpose. There is the need for a second look at that". A worried resident told our Upper East Correspondent.

Interestingly, foot soldiers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) are said have engaged in a free-for-all fight over which party to blame for the poor nature of the road.

Tempne District Chief Executive-Paul Abugri ,in a telephone interview noted that what is needed is patience, adding that the contractor has already started and that the plight of commuters on the road will be a thing of the past. He however will not comment on the nature of the culverts having described himself as a lay man without the technical knowhow.

Source: By Haruna Sumaila Abugri