The government is formed in a country so that people will have a focal point from which their challenges could be addressed. The relationship between a government and its people is mutual. The citizens are obligated to contribute the resources needed to run the country to the government. The government on her part owes the people provision of their basic needs and general development. Due to the limited supply of resources relative to the means available to meet them, no government in the world can boast of having solved all the problems of her people. The yardstick for measuring the performance of a government is how economical, effective and efficient the government is in providing the basic needs of its citizens. The necessities of food, water, clothing, and accommodation are what no citizen of a country should not be deprived of.
According to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), the world is to;
6.1 by 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water;
6.3 by 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater, and increasing recycling and safe water by x% globally. Ghana however seems very far from attaining this goal. The "cliche water is life" is the phrase that comes in handy when a section of the Ghanaian public goes to the extreme to get hold of the precious commodity in whichever form and quantity. To those communities, the dry season does not only bring low precipitation, high temperature, and prolonged sunshine, but also dry throats and prolonged journeys in search of the H2O. Towns in the Northern Regions, where the dry season is prolonged and severe are the most affected. Though governments, philanthropists, and NGOs have tried to remedy the situation by drilling bole-holes, they seem to have outlived their purpose as they get very dry in the dry season. Residents in the affected communities have no option but to settle for water in whichever form it comes. They trek for long hours before they find the precious mineral. The water they get is usually muddy and worse still shared with equally thirsty grazing animals.
Check out some pictures of Ghanaians sharing muddy waters with domestic animals.
People who drink this water are prone to contracting cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, polio, and hepatitis A.
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