Communities in Southern Volta run double track with animals for water – Volta Youth 

The members of the Volta Youth Forum are appalled by the sorrowful water situation that some communities in the Volta Region have to go through in other to have access to water.

According to the group, residents in communities such as Mafi Srekpe, Mafi Kpevenu- Tsati, Mafi- Hayiborkofe, Mafi- Zakofe, Mafi Srekpe- Kofedeke are competing with animals to get access to drinking water from the Afiba Dam.

Communities in the Central Tongu (Southern Volta) District sharing drinking water with cattle
Communities in the Central Tongu District (Southern Volta) sharing drinking water with cattle

Narrating the issue further, the leaders of the Volta Youth Forum disclosed that, on some occasions, the folks in these communities will have to run double track with the animals. The communities go to fetch their water from early morning to 10:00 am whiles the animals take their turn at 11:00 am to 3:00pm.

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In a joint press statement signed by Kojogah Cartius Aziedu, Christopher Galenkui, Albert Atsu Sosu and Nicholas Aklorbortu, the problem of the people drinking muddy water and competing with animals for same would have been averted if president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government have completed the third phase of the Five District water project.

Communities in the Central Tongu District (Southern Volta) sharing drinking water with cattle
Communities in the Central Tongu District (Southern Volta) sharing drinking water with cattle

They also noted that, currently the first phase and second phase has been completed with the water treatment plant located at Adidome in the Central Tongu of the Volta Region which was commissioned by former President John Dramani Mahama in 2016. What is left is the distribution phase to enable the people have access to clean drinking water.

The Volta Youth Forum has added that the inability of this phase to be done is making the people of Adaklu and other districts in the region to be severely hit by water problems.

Communities in the Southern Volta sharing drinking water with cattle
Communities in the Southern Volta sharing drinking water with cattle

“We recalled how the Awormefia reminded president Nana Addo of the Anyako- Konu Seva potable drinking water project in 2017 however nothing is being done about it. Currently the water treatment plant at Agordorme which supplies water to South Tongu, Anloga and Keta districts is not able to meet the growing demands of the people due to population increase.” He uncovered.

The group also added that the Sogakope- Lome water project that is going to be the panacea to the water situation in South Tongu, Ketu South, Keta, Anloga and supply water to Togo, nothing much has been heard of such project when Nana Addo took over as the president of the nation, though some initial works was done under former president John Dranani  Mahama before he left office.

Communities in the Southern Volta sharing drinking water with cattle
Communities in the Southern Volta sharing drinking water with cattle

“We the members of the Volta youth forum are calling on the president to all look in the direction of Volta in its distribution of the national cake, currently as it stands now, if one has his eyes widely open, one cannot point to any significant project of Nana Addo in the Volta region. Hence completing the third phase of the five district water project and solving the Anyako water problem will be much relief to the people of the region. We are appealing to him to complete the water project in the region because water is life.”

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