Canteen Assembly Man in the West Gonja in the Savannah Region calls for the implementation of the President's free water supply in his electoral area.
The president in his fifth address to the nation on Sunday, April 5, 2020, indicated his government would take care of the water bills for all Ghanaians for three months following an increase in the country’s COVID-19 cases amidst a partial lockdown of the epicenters of the virus.
The Assemblyman for the Canteen Electoral Area, Hon. Ananpansah B Abraham has called on the West Gonja Municipal Water board to allow his electorates free access to water in line with the president's directive.
In a letter addressed to the Municipal Manager of the Ghana Water Company and copied to PAD FM, he said it was imperative for residents to regularly wash their hands as prescribed by the Ghana Health Service and access to water was key in achieving this.
He thus called on the Municipal Water Manager to stop billing residents for water they fetched from the two mechanised boreholes in the electoral area managed by the Ghana Water Company.
According to him, his electoral area deserves to also benefit from the three months free water supply spanning April, May and June.
"The Canteen Electoral Area currently operates two mechanized boreholes under the management of the Ghana Water Company. Residents pay before fetching water from these boreholes and the revenue is collected by the Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Water Company.
"In line with the president’s pronouncement, I wish to impress on your good office to direct your water vendors and revenue collectors to stop selling the water to electorates.
"This would enable us to regularly wash our hands as required by the Ghana Health Service and the World Health Organization," he said.
He lamented the lack of proper management of the facilities in the area coupled with the revenue leakages and wastage of the water-borne due to damaged pipes, supply tubes, pipelines inter alia.
The challenges of the faulty boreholes he noted have been tabled severely before the water authorities for repairs but to no avail.
According to him, upon assumption of office he has organised several stakeholders' meetings on proper water resource management with focus on the World Vision funded mechanised boreholes.
This led to the formation of a Community Water Management Committee which has since been working on several recommendations.
He appealed to the water board to work closely with the interim Water Management Committee in the larger community interest.
The Assembly Man who has since been embarking on sensitization tours to some communities in the electoral area in the wake of the novel Coronavirus admonished electorates to follow the directives of the Ghana Health Service.