From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah, Assin Odumanem. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents of Assin Odumanim, a cocoa growing community in the Assin North District of the Central Region, are currently compelled to drink water from an untreated source, as their only borehole broke down seven months ago.
The populace has been forced to drink the untreated water because they could not raise an amount of GH¢1,500. to pay for repair works on their over two decades old borehole.
Due to this, the lives of the over 200 inhabitants, who are mainly cocoa farmers, are in real danger, as they continue to drink water from the only hand-dug-well in the community, which is unwholesome.
Following this, the outbreak of a possible waterborne disease in the community is highly possible if the situation is not corrected as soon as practicable.
The Odikro of the town, Mr Okpoti Annan, told The Chronicle: “We always paid for the repairs through levies, but, this time, everyone is complaining about money.”
They are, therefore, calling on philanthropists and other charitable organisations to come to their aid and assist them repair their old borehole, and, if possible, construct a new one for them.
When contacted, the Assembly Member for the area, Mr Dawood Aboagye, explained to The Chronicle that when he received the complaints of the people, he arranged with someone from Cape Coast to carry out the repairs.
He added: “He did the assessment and told them to pay an amount of GH¢1,500 for him to buy the faulty parts and repair the borehole for them, but they could not pay.”
Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Mr Derrick Owusu Ambrose, has given an assurance that the assembly was in the process of fixing all faulty boreholes in the district.
He told this reporter: “Our responsibility is to provide water, and it is the obligation of the community to maintain them. They are to take a token for every single bucket of water fetched and the proceeds are solely for maintenance.”