Members of the Concerned Citizens of Sekyere Afram Plains have commended the Member of Parliament for the area, Hon Alex Adomako Mensah, for constructing six water dams for his constituents.
The youth, who have been lobbying for development for the Sekyere Afram Plains district, said that even though the six dams were not enough, they will be of great help to residents in the areas constructed.
The beneficial communities are Saabrewa, Akuma, Funesua, Offe, Abura and Compelle. Hitherto, and residents from these communities have to travel several kilometres before they could get access to potable water.
In a statement signed by the Chairman, Mr Boakye Yiadom, and issued on Monday said out of the about 95 communities in the district, just a few of them had access to potable water.
This, the statement pointed, leads to acute water shortage on several occasions which development oftentimes puts enormous pressure on residents to look for water.
“Even more sadly, the people in the five communities where they have dug-out dams, our people share the water with cattle who drink and ease themselves into the water, causing infections and leading to water borne diseases to humans who drink it,” it stated.
The group said several appeals from them and other well-meaning persons in the area to organisations, the district assembly, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come to their aid have been futile.
“This is why we, on behalf of the people of these communities, commend our Member of Parliament for the dug-out dams he has constructed for them.
…even though the number is still very small, looking at the large nature of the district, we want to commend him and tell him to construct more; at least, it won’t be bad to have one dam in each community,” they appealed.
The group also took the opportunity to inform the District Chief Executive of the Area, Joseph Owusu, also known as Odenkyem, to join in and help provide more potable water for his people.
The Sekyere Afram Plains concerned citizens also lamented the poor road infrastructure in the area, saying it has made life difficult for them; accessing healthcare at the Drobonso.
“We, therefore, want to bring to the attention of the MP and DCE that the poor road network in the district has been a great source of worry for us. Because after our people have drank the contaminated water and fallen sick, accessing healthcare becomes very difficult because travelling from one village or community to the other is not easy because of the bad nature of the roads,” the group lamented.
Story: From James APPIAKORANG JNR., KUMASI, ASHANTI REGION