Wednesday, 23 October

Tamale: Residents march over water shortage

General News
Residents of the Tamale metropolis in the Northern Region on Tuesday, 21 May 2019, demonstrated against the management of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) over lack of water supply.

The angry protesters were denied access to the main office of GWCL and had to agitate before some senior officers of the utility provider came out to receive their petition.

The spokesperson for the protesters, Abubakari Osman, who presented the petition, said the lack of water in the region has negatively affected the activities of the inhabitants, especially women and children.

He stated that the situation has worsened sanitation issues in the area, as they fear there could be an imminent outbreak of disease. According to him, the people have not had water flowing through their pipes since December 2018.

"We’ve chosen dialogue and we expect your outfit to show leadership by addressing our concerns. We again entreat your outfit to, as soon as possible, reason with the people of 'Ward F', the Dakpema and all other elders in the 'Ward F' area", Mr Osman said.

In response, the Northern Regional Manager of GWCL, Mr Stevens Ndebugri, appealed for calm as they work on the situation.

Mr Ndebugri noted that the water supply system in Tamale is facing three major challenges.

He explained that due to the increasing population in the area, the demand for water has increased to about 90,000 cubic metres but due to power supply challenges, the company only produces 18,000 to 28,000 cubic metres daily.

Mr Ndebugri said when the power situation improves, the company will increase its production to about 37,000 cubic metres.

He noted that due to the challenges, the company has resorted to rationing water.

Source: Ghana/ Gadafi/Northern Region

Source: Emmanuel Mensah