Water crisis: Gov’t discriminating against Winneba – Afenyo Markin

The Member of Parliament for Efutu, Alexander Afenyo Marking, has accused the Mahama administration of discriminating against the people of Winneba in their efforts to tackle the acute water shortage in parts of the country.

He leveled the charge in a Citi News interview and also claimed that the water crisis in his constituency has deteriorated to unbearable levels.

Last week, the Efutu MP made a desperate call for urgent government assistance to his constituents, after it emerged that the water crisis was severely affecting Winneba and surrounding communities in the Central Region.

But the MP says it’s been nearly a week since but government has failed to intervene, although it is doing something about the situation at Nsawam-Adoagyiri and elsewhere.

He lamented that the Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, had assured him that the situation would be minimized with the supply of water from tanker services but that has not happened yet.

Afenyo Markin said, “as we speak, the situation has worsened in Winneba, we urgently need tanker services to provide water to the various communities in Winneba. We were told National Security is supplying water to some areas in Nsawam as well as drilling boreholes. The people of Winneba deserve such support, they also need water. How long should they wait?”

“To me I see this as some kind of discrimination because we have similar crisis in Nsawam, National Security has moved in there to intervene. Why not Winneba as well? Perhaps it’s even worse than the situation in Nsawam,” he added.

The Efutu MP further called on government to expedite its support saying his people are suffering.

“As we speak the situation is still worse. It has worsened from what was happening last week. We have students, parents, fisher folks, farmers; we have about nine farming communities in Winneba. The villages are not getting water, people are complaining. I proposed to the Minister and he gave me the assurance that he was going to get national security to provide us with tanker services. As we speak we don’t have such services, how else do you want me to describe it?” he fumed.

But the Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Sampson Ahi disagreed with the MP’s claim that government is discriminating against the people of Winneba.

He says efforts are been made to assist the community with medium-term measures.

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By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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