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Kpalaga community in the northern region share drinking water with animals

The people of Kpalaga, a farming community in the Tolon district of the northern region, are appealing to the Tolon district chief executive to fix a myriad of problems facing the community. Kpalaga is predominantly farming community located some six kilometers away from Nyankpala campus of the University for development Studies (UDS), and few kilometers from the Nyanpkala township. The community with the population of about two thousand inhabitants shares drinking water with animals.

The community has no access to clean drinking water owing to the inability of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to supply water to the community for than a year. According to the residents of the community, they have been relying on the community’s dug-out for water for domestic chores and drinking but their woes are compounding because their dug-out is almost drying up. They stressed that, the water reaming in the dug-out is milky in colour, muddy has pungent smell, thereby making it difficult for the people of the community to use it. Yakubu Fataw, a resident of Kpalaga, said their appeals to the assembly to solve the water crisis facing the community have not yielded positive results. He noted that their only hope to write for the radio to set in few mouths time. He lamented that, the people of the community have to trek several kilometers to neighbouring communities in search of water. “Those who have money rely on the services of private water suppliers who use gallons and drums to fetch from Tamale and sell to us. But you know, most of us are poor farmers and we cannot afford buying water from these suppliers on daily bases. We are just poor farmers,” he stressed.

The people of kpalaga are therefore appealing to the Tolun district assembly and Member of Parliament for the area, Habib Iddrisu to come to their aid. They are also appealing to the Tolon district assembly to collaborate with the Ghana Water Company Limited to find a permanent solution to their problem. They are also appealing to the Non-government organisations to find alternative sources of water, such as boreholes for the community.  Besides, the perennial water crises facing Kpalaga, the road linking the community to Nyankpala is in terrible shape. The road becomes impassable during the rainy season and dusty during the dry season. Elijah Kuga, a resident lamented that, they struggle on daily basis while driving and riding on the road to and fro Tamale to the community. “When you ride your motorbike on this road on to Tamale, before you go to the Nyankpala road, you are dirty and dusty. In the rainy season they suffering is worse. We have been complaining to our assemblyman about this problem but he kept telling us stories” he said.

Another resident, Yakubu Adam, said their appeals to have the assembly to at least reshape the road have not yielded the desired results. “We actually don’t know what the assembly and our big men are doing about our plight. We vote every four years but we not reaping the benefits. We need help to fix a lot of problems in this community” he noted.

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