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07.09.2005 Regional News

Chief calls for rehabilitation of pipelines

By GNA

Awuku-Korkorabi (C/R), Sept 7, GNA - A member of the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) Board of Directors, Nai Kwao-Korkorabi Clottey III, has urged the government to reconstruct, as a matter of necessity all unserviceable pipelines in towns and villages in the Awutu Traditional Area to save the people from guinea worm, bilharzia, typhoid and other water-borne diseases.

According to Nai Kwao Korkorabi Clottey, some road contractors who worked on various feeder roads in the area in the early 1970s destroyed many pipelines. He said lack of potable water in most communities in the traditional area had led to the re-emergence of water-borne diseases, which had aggravated their poor living conditions.

He said diseases currently spreading in the area include, malaria guinea worm, typhoid, bilharzia and jaundice. Nai Korkorabi Clottey made the call at a durbar to round off the activities that marked this year's annual Awobia Festival of the chiefs and people of Awutu Korkorabi.

He also appealed to the government to rehabilitate feeder roads network in the traditional set up to facilitate the work of farmers and also make the marketing of their produce easy. Nai Korkorabi Clottey stress the need for chiefs and other custodians of lands in the Awutu Traditional Areas to make land available and affordable to the youth who want to go into farming to enable them to do so.

This, he hoped, would prevent jobless young men in the area from leaving to the cities in search of unavailable jobs. He also stressed the need for land owners not to release all their lands for commercial pineapple growers to the detriment of cassava farming since such act would seriously affect the operations of Ayensu Cassava Factory at Bawjiase.

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