National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Adaklu Constituency in the Volta Region, has blamed the Finance Ministry for the worsening water crisis in his constituency.
The MP, Kwame Governs Agbodza, complained that the Finance Ministry has failed to put to use an amount of seven million Euros approved by government for the completion of a water project for the people of Agortime Ziope.
Speaking in an interview with Citi News after President John Mahama presented the State of the Nation address to Parliament on Thursday, the MP said several efforts to have the project completed have not yielded results.
He said the people of Adaklu and Agortime Ziope districts “are supposed to be benefit from five district water projects, of which the phase one and two have been done pending the phase three for distribution.”
“The president has on many occasions mentioned this project that it will be completed. I have every reason to believe that he meant well when he mentioned this project. If this project is not completed, I’m sorry I have to say this, I will blame the Finance Ministry solely for this,” he added.
Blame Terkper not Mahama
“I’m aware that it is Finance Ministry that needs to complete negotiations for the seven million Euros to be used to complete an existing water project, of which we spent money to build the treatment plant. I’m saying that this is not the president’s fault; the Finance Ministry must deal with it,” he stressed.
Keta too has water problem
On his part, the MP for Keta, Richard Quashigah, also lamented about the water problem in his constituency.
He said, “I was a bit saddened that I never heard anything about the Anyako water crisis. Seva and Konu have had a long standing water problem which we’ve talked about. I’ve raised this issue in the House. We were promised a three prong approach in dealing with the problem; but we are still where we are. I’m not happy and I’m sure the people in my area won’t be happy. We also expected the president to talk about the Sogakorpe-Lome project which we are supposed to benefit from,” he added.
Nsawam, Winneba water crisis
Several areas in the country have struggled with access to water in recent months. In the Eastern Region, the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality has been the worst-hit following the drying up of the Densu River.
In the Nsawm area however, the Ghana Water Company has intervened to provide an interim solution whiles it takes measures to tackle the problem in the long-term.
Winneba in the Central Region is facing a similar crisis.
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana