The residents of Wantugu/ Tamaligu, a farming community in the Tolon District of the Northern Region, are crying bitterly over the lack of portable drinking water.
They bemoaned over drinking from an unpleasant dam which is their only source of drinking water in the community.
According to the residents, they walk about one to two kilometers to fetch water from the dam which they share with animals in the area.
“We have been contracting sickness like diarrhoea and other diseases from this water any time we drinking it, because we don’t have any source of water apart from this dam. We have been competing with animals”, a women lamented.
“We live here. We don’t have electricity, no good road, and we don’t have water to drink. And, we have been voting every election. My brother; we are suffering”, another woman shared her frustrations.
The community have a population of about Eight Hundred (800) people.
They are however appealing to the government and other benevolent institutions to come to their aid and support them with borehole to alleviate their suffering.
Access to portable drinking water, good roads, and electricity, are still a big challenge in the Tolon District.
Meanwhile, the residents while calling on government to provide them with portable drinking water, also appealed to the government through the Tolon District Assembly to help fix the road network in the area.
According to them, the deplorable nature of the road is affecting their movement whenever they wanted to access Wantugu and other part of the district for various reasons.
They indicated that due to the bad nature of the roads, it was difficult to rush a pregnant woman to hospital whenever she is in labour.
“Our community to Wantugu is just Two and half kilometers drive but because of the bad nature of the road, we use several hours before reaching Wantugu”, they said.
“The situation is so bad that it has become a painful experience for both pregnant women and other patients to travel on the road to access health care at Wantugu”, they added.
Some of the community members, lamenting to diamondfmonline.com during a visit to the community, said the community is always cut off during rainy season, a situation they said was making life unbearable for them in the area.
The residents while sharing their frustration also said despite several complains and promises by the various politicians, the road remained unattended to.
“The politicians always promise to work on our road any time they seek our mandate, but immediately they have our votes, they forget about it till next general elections”, a resident said.
Meanwhile diamondfmoline.com in an attempt to speak to the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Tolon District Musah Moshie, proved futile.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana