The youth of Vea community in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region have embarked on a community self-help initiative to construct a footbridge across the Vea Dam.
The youth took the initiative following years of unsuccessful appeals to government to address the issue of limited access in and out of the Vea community during the rainy season.
The Vea Dam, constructed in 1968 under the leadership of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has long been a valuable source of water for the region.
However, each rainy season has brought with it a significant challenge for the residents of Vea and neighboring communities. The rising water levels render the existing crossing points impassable, cutting off crucial access routes.
The youth-led initiative aims to construct a footbridge that will provide a reliable year-round crossing point over the Vea Dam.
The youth leader, Milton Abirigu, announced this during a press conference held in the community.
Mr Abirigu noted: “For the past 10 years, we have repeatedly appealed to governments to address this issue, to no avail. Each rainy season, our people are left stranded, and access to vital services such as healthcare and education becomes nearly impossible. It's time for us to take matters into our own hands and ensure the safety and convenience of our residents.”
He explained that the project would rely on community volunteers, local resources, and donations from well-wishers to fund the construction.
The youth leader also emphasised that the project was not just about addressing immediate challenges but also creating a symbol of resilience and self-reliance for the community.
“We want our youth to understand that they can be agents of change,” he stated.
“By taking this initiative, we are demonstrating that we can solve our own problems and create a better future for ourselves,” he said.
Also highlighted was the footbridge being a testament to the community's unity and resilience, aside from its primary use.