Science Water Shortage

The people of Nyorugu, a farming community in the Bawku Municipality have expressed their frustration that duty bearers were not doing enough to provide them with social amenities such as; water and toilet facilities.

The expression of frustration came from the sub-Chief of the community, Naba Amadu Azinim, when he spoke at a social audit engagement forum organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to sensitise the community members on how to prioritise their development needs and who to hold accountable to access such needs.

Naba Azinim lamented the persistent suffering his subjects went through over the years and wondered why a population of about 1500 residents would be denied their social and human rights in the 21st century under a democratic dispensation.

“We have no potable drinking water and toilet facilities in this community, our women and children travel long distances in search of water, and one can imagine the time spent and wasted to search for a basic necessities”.

Naba Azinim bemoaned current and previous administrations and management of the Bawku Municipal Assembly for not responding positively towards the community.

The community which shares boundaries with the Binduri District gets its source of drinking water from unhealthy sources including streams and dug-outs.

Naba Azinim noted that due to the lack of the amenities, open defecation was high in the area, and said “we are tired of this state of affairs because women and children no longer practise personal hygiene which I think is harmful to their health” he lamented.

He indicated that the two boreholes were broken down so many years ago and had since not been repaired, even though the community had notified the Assembly with repeated complaints.

“Due to insufficient water in the area, both livestock and humans compete for water from the same unreliable source” he emphasised.

About 36 stakeholders including; women and school children, people with disabilities voted for the construction of boreholes, dams, Community Health based Planning Services (CHPS) compound, toilet facilities, school block and teachers’ residential quarters and the upgrading of road network to as high on the priority list at the end of needs assessment in the community conducted by the NCCE.


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