The Volta Regional Branch of National Democratic Congress in a statement has put the blame of acute water shortage in Dzodze, the Capital and Administrative Centre of Ketu North Municipality at the door step of the Government.
The Statement claims “the government owes the Community Water Board an amount of Ghc 425,000 for three months of free water supplied to the people during the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic.
Consequently, the bill has piled up for a year running into millions of Ghana Cedis owed by the government to the Community Water Board”.
This, the statement affirmed, has made it difficult for the company to maintain its machines and equipment, making the supply of water to thousands of people who depend on the water very difficult.
According to the statement, signed by the NDC Regional Communication Officer, Sorkpa K. Agbleze and the Ketu North Communication Officer, James Torsu Galeagbelime, failure of the government to pay the Water Board since April last year, brings to question the commitment level of the government to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG -6) which seeks to “ensure access to clean water by all”.
The lack of access to water in Dzodze is making life difficult for students and lactating mothers as they need it to bathe their babies, wash and cook.
The residents are now buying a yellow gallon of water at Ghc 2.00 from delivery trucks or tricycles, thereby exposing them to other forms of health hazards since much of this water is untreated.
The NDC Volta has called on the government to urgently pay the Community Water Management Board to solve the disturbing water problem in Dzodze as they have also asked “the government to fast track the phase three of the five district water project and the provision of water to Ho township and parts of South Tongu”.
Story filed by Edzorna Francis Mensah