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Residents of Fufuo near Barekese in the Atwima Nwabiagya North district of the Ashanti Region have bewailed water shortage in the community and urged authorities to take appropriate measures to restore supply.

Speaking to SilverFM's senior reporter Akwadaa Nyame, some of the residents shared their ordeal;

'' Our wards cannot even go to school because access to safe water for bathing is a challenge''

''We walk long distances to fetch water from stream and we share this source of water with cattle.... as a single lady looking forward to get married , do you think I will be attracted to a man if I bath once a day''

Another resident also indicate that they are in dire need of water which has made life very unbearable.

''My children just got a bucket of water from the stream to bath and I do not have any water for evening chores''

''We beg for water and usually pay for water to survive ..... We are close to Barekese dam and this should not happen to us''

The residents indicated that the have made the situation known to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima Nwabiagya North, Hon. Benito Owusu Bio but it has fallen on deaf ears.

The Unit Committee Chairman Rockson Ntiamoah who spoke to Akwadaa Nyame waded into the discussion to elaborate on the issue;

''The women are in fact speaking the truth... if the women can hardly afford to bath once a day then, a man like me, how many times do you think I will bath in a day'' he quizzed

''I do not have access to portable water and have to wash my feet before I set out for work''

He reiterated that the children do not go to school due to water scarcity to bath and wash their school uniforms.

The Chairman appealed to District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Hon Rebecca Yeboah to come to the community's aid  to repair broken mechanised borehole to improve the water situation.

''We had about 12 mechanised boreholes but only 2 are in good shape .... this cannot provide water for a community of about 6000 residents''

''Fufuo is about 5miles away from the Barekese Dam and it is in bad taste that we have to face such a hurdle''

 Story by Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)


Last modified on Saturday, 17 April 2021

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