Residents of Sibi, a farming community in the Nkwanta North District of the Oti Region have been leaving without water for the past three (3) months.
The community with a population of over seven thousand walk for one and half miles to Kpassa the district capital to search for water whilst others walk to Damanko to get water from the Oti River.
According to locals in the area, some COVID-19 protocols like hand washing has not been observed due to the situation. The veronica buckets distributed by the assembly and other stakeholders have been empty for months.
The most affected ones are pregnant women, kids and students. Last week one was bitten by a snake whilst a pregnant woman delivered on their way to search for water.
Some private schools needed to be closed down because students and teachers can’t get water to bath and report to school on time. The government schools has also changed their reporting time from the usual time, and the closing time as well to enable the students search for water.
Speaking to the District Chief Executive, Hon. Jackai Jackson, he said the situation at Sibi is what they face even before they were born and on his time as the DCE, the assembly has drill numerous boreholes but the land has no water to be mechanized.
He added the assembly is working to find other alternatives to get the people of Sibi water.
Meanwhile, in 2004 – 2008 the then vice president Dr. Alhaji Aliu Mahama cut sod for the construction of Kpassa – Damanko water project which supply resident in the district water during dry seasons and has been commissioned.
For years now the pipelines have broken up and the people leaving in Sibi have been hunting for water during dry seasons, including the capital Kpassa.
The Member of Parliament John O.K Bless who prior to the election found means to supply them water has been silent now that the situation has become worse.
Source: Evans Manasseh