Some angry residents expressing their displeasure
TENSION IS brewing high at the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region between a water supplying company in the area, VICO Ventures and residents over a 100 percent hike in the price of water.
The Assembly Members of the Ada West District Assembly had been battling with the management of the water company over the increase in the sale of water from GH₵.05p to GH₵.10p per bucket.
The hullabaloo started somewhere in February 2017 when VICO Ventures sought the endorsement of the Ada East District Assembly on the new rate of GH₵.05p to GH₵.10p per bucket to enable them undergo some repair works for a better service and got the approval from the Assembly.
The water vendors in the Ada West District (Sege area), that was the standing pipe operators, upon hearing the new rate, quickly increased the price without any approval from the Assembly.
The development angered the Ada West Assembly members and they consequently asked members of the area not to pay the new price until agreement is reached with the water company.
The Assembly Members argued that VICO Ventures did not seek their consent as an Assembly or briefed them about their challenges before taking the decision. Two later attempts by the Assembly to resolve the impasse between it and the VICO Ventures did not yield any fruit.
Interestingly, the water company was said to have halted supply to the district resulting in water crisis in the area. This was said to have infuriated the residents who went on rampage to destroy properties of the company.
But the intervention of an extension services specialist of Community Water And Sanitation Agency of the Greater Accra Region, Madam Joyce Maku Appiah brought peace between the two parties.
The Assembly had, however, asked the water company to fix the problems and restore water supply to the area before they will approve the new rates.
From Vincent Kubi, Tema