RAP Census Socio-economic and livelihood survey stakeholder engagement on the Bawku bypass

The Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road project is being developed to improve the road conditions in the Northern corridor of Ghana. Its rehabilitation is designed to help increase road safety, trade and stimulate economic and social development as well as integrate the Upper East region and the Northern regions of Ghana. The project include the construction of a bypass at Bawku which will require some works to take place in locations within the existing right of way where structures have been established and in limited areas where crops have been grown. These requirements will lead to economic displacement i.e loss of business structures and crops as well as physical displacement i.e loss of homes.

It is against this backdrop that Officials of QGMI and consultants for the RAP census socio-economic and livelihood survey met management of the Office of the Bawku Municipal Assembly to discuss the RAP census of affected properties and the RAP socio-economic survey. Officials of QGMI indicated that pegging of the bypass had been done. They added that the bypass, which was a distance of 14.4km and was about 15m wide would affect some farms and few houses as well as three boreholes. The bypass would be constructed through the communities of Sapeliga, Norigu, Kpalwega, Nayoko, Gozesi, Songure and Missiga. Management responded to various questions raised by the Officials and consultants for the RAP census socio-eonomic and livelihood survey. Management advised that affected households could be equipped with vocational skills such as soap making, dawadawa processing, smock weaving, batik tie and dye etc as alternate livelihood

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