The District Chief Executive [DCE] for Bongo, Mr. Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga last Wednesday handed over five high-yielding boreholes to some user-communities across the district.
The communities included Adoboya-Yipala, Ayelbia, Agormor, Soe-Tamolga and Yidongo. At separate brief commissioning and handing ceremonies, the DCE stated that the provision of potable drinking water to the citizenry was high among government’s priorities and that his administration was determined to ensure that this comes to fruition.
He tasked the community leaders to put in place a system that would enable the collection of token levies for routine servicing and maintenance of the boreholes in order to prolong their life span. He warned against the politicisation of this gesture by government stressing that, diseases that may break out due to scarcity of good drinking water, will attack and kill people without asking which political party they belong to.
Mr. Ayamga disclosed that funding for the boreholes came from the District’s share of the Common Fund while the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) also funded the construction of 10-number boreholes. He was glad that none of the boreholes, numbering 20 in all, had any traces of fluoride which is known to be dense in under water in parts of the district.
Mr. Ebenezer Asomaning, the District’s Water and Sanitation Schedule Officer who also witnessed the handing over of the boreholes, revealed that each borehole had a 30-year life span by which time, some tests known as “air-lifting tests” would be conducted on them to ensure their continuous supply of infection-free water.
Opinion leaders of leaders in the user-communities expressed their utmost appreciation to the Assembly for responding to their water needs. At the Adoboya-Yipala community for instance, the Assembly Man for the area, Mr. Richard Akoesa disclosed that, till the construction of the borehole, people in the area used to walk about half-of-a-mile to fetch water in another village called Aseduguro.
Source: Peter Atogewe Wedam (ISD)