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Saboba Cuts Off From Yendi

2007-08-28 20:31:52
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What seems to have become a perennial problem in Saboba, a predominantly farming town and the district capital of the Saboba-Chereponi District in the Northern Region is the flooding of the two major roads that link the people of the town to Yendi where they transact their businesses.

Due to the persistent downpours since the beginning of August, the two major roads, Saboba-Yendi Road through Kpalba and Saboba-Yendi Road through Wapupli have become un-motorable thereby cutting residents of these two towns off from their counterparts.

Last fortnight passengers travelling from Saboba to Yendi had to stop at the Kpalba Bridge, off-load their goods into canoes which then sent them to the Kpalba side, cross over themselves and then take another transport to Yendi.

This has not only resulted in exorbitant transportation costs but also a loss of goods to the floods. The town has been isolated like an island. A cobbler whose nickname was given as Kpo-Nyan attempted to walk across from the Saboba side of the bridge to the Kpalba side and got drowned in the process two Mondays ago. He left behind a wife and two girls (twins).

The phenomenon has also made it very difficult for market women to transport food items like maize, guinea corn, millet, soya beans and 'konkonte' as they have been left to rot in open places due to the heavy rains.

Mr. Philemon Nakoha, a nurse at Sambuli near Saboba who spoke to this Reporter in a telephone interview lamented that it was now very cumbersome for them to go to Tamale for drugs due to the cut-off.

Mr. Nakoha said the situation has also offered "automatic leave" to some workers who had travelled out of the town before the rains. They could not go back to their work places for fear of losing their lives to the floods. He was also worried that pupils and students in these areas were going to be affected negatively.

The Wapuli side, which had been an alternative, has also been affected. This, some residents say, was due to the shoddy work done by the contractor who worked on it.


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