The Volta Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is blaming the Akufo-Addo government for the acute water shortage that has hit Dzodze, a town in the region.
In a press statement, the party said the shortage is the result of the Water Management Board in the area not being able to continue with the provision of water due to debt that has encumbered its operations because the government will not pay for free water that it caused to be supplied to people during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The acute water shortage that has bedevilled Dzodze should be blamed squarely on the Nana Addo-led government which has failed to pay the Community Water Management Board despite the huge financial support and loans they have received to combat the covid-19 pandemic,” read the statement.
“The government owes the Water Board an amount of Ghc 425,000 for three months of free water supplied per an independent audit. Consequently, the bill has piled up for a year running into millions of Ghana Cedis owed by the government to the Community Water Board. This has made it difficult for the company to maintain its machines and equipment, making the supply of water to thousands of people who depend on the water very difficult,” the statement said.
According to the statement said the failure of the government to pay the Water Board since April last year, brings to question the commitment level of the government to the Sustainable Development Goal six (SDG -6) which seeks to ensure access to clean water by all.
The water shortage, it said, is not only affecting the health sector, the hospitality industry, etc. but also academia as schools are faced with the lack of water as well.
“The NDC Volta is calling on the government to urgently pay the Community Water Management Board to solve the disturbing water problem in Dzodze. We are equally calling on the government to fast track the phase three of the five district water project and the provision of water to Ho township and parts of South Tongu,’ the statement said.