To enable most of his constituents in the rural areas to enjoy the ongoing 2010 World Cup tournament in South Africa, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tain in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr Amed Ibrahim, has donated 20 Television (TV) sets and generators to 20 villages in the Tain district who are yet to be connected to the national grid.
Speaking to the Graphic Sports, Mr. Ibrahim said the initiative had been taken to reduce the inconvenience most of his constituents go through anytime a tournament was ongoing.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP said the intervention was a temporal measure to aid beneficiary communities, while plans were being taken to extend electricity to the various towns and villages in the constituency.
Mr. Ibrahim expressed the hope that electricity would be extended to various ends of the district in due course and urged the communities to protect the poles from burning, saying, when a pole is burnt in one community, other communities are denied electricity.
“Prior to the World Cup, 18 out of 56 communities earmarked for electricity supply were connected to the national grid”, he said.
Mr. Ibrahim stated further that failure to connect some of the communities to the national grid was as a result of a bushfire that burnt down most of the teak poles erected to convey the power to various destinations, adding that this poses a major setback to the work as new poles have to be erected again.
Some of the communities benefiting from the TV sets and generators include Kwaekesem, Wiasekrom, Bofourkrom, Hiamankine and others. Some of the inhabitants who spoke to the Graphic Sports commended the legislator for his gesture and urged him to continue.