The Perennial Water Problem of Abease Traditional Area in the Pru West District of the Bono East Region
The Abease traditional area is paramountcy with Abease as its traditional headquarters. The traditional area located on the Prang Kintampo highway has over twenty towns and villages covering a very vast landmark. The traditional area shares its boundaries with Prang, Atebubu, Nkoranza, Kintampo, Yeji, and Aburumase in the Salaga district.
The traditional area is one of the prominent paramountcy in the Bono Kingdom. One can never write the history of the Bono people without mentioning Abease but it has continuously faced neglect from various successive governments right from colonial times till now. As old and prominent as the area is, they had their first electricity connection in last 2016 elections. Many of the towns and villages are still not connected to the national grid.
The traditional area has notable towns and villages like Konfourkrom, Papaase, Adaprase, Bupe, Fowoman, Ohiampe, Damankwanta, Boum, Krobo, Kamampa, Kyirimbo,etc. but none of these towns/villages has portable water. They all depend on stream water which gets dried up during the dry season. Humans and animals compete for water in the areas which has resulted in recurring waterborne diseases such as Bilharzia, and guinea worm. Although Guinea worm infection is very rare nowadays due to education, typhoid has been a major cause of death in the traditional area.
A recent interview granted to the Assemblyman of Konfourkrom electoral area, Hon. Kuru Godwin by Nkomode FM in Kintampo indicated that they walk seven miles away before getting water from a river source, which also affects their students’ education. According to him, all effort to get quality water has proved futile hence; the government’s intervention is urgently needed for their share of the national cake. On the part of sanitation, Hon Kruh Godwin said there are two refuse damps in the Komfourkrom community, which are filled to capacity that needed to be evacuated. He therefore use the medium to appeal to the District Chief Executive of the Pru west, Hon. Stephen Jalula to come to their aid since he has formerly pre informed him of the situation.
Because the traditional area is a farming community, it remains one of the food baskets in the country. They serve the neighboring market centers such as Atebubu, Kintampo, and Takyiman with all sorts of farm produce such as Yam, Maize, Groundnuts, Cassava, Beans and Rice.
The chief and people of the traditional area are appealing to the present government to remember them when sharing the national cake as they contribute immensely towards the development and growth of Ghana.
Story by: Our reporter Kwadwo Boateng