The problem of fluoride in water that discolours the teeth of the people of Bongo, especially school children, will soon be a thing of the past, the Upper East Deputy Regional Minister, Mr Daniel Syme, has said.
Speaking at a durbar of chiefs and people to Bongo to the celebrate the “Azembene” festival, he the government was working through the Community Water and Sanitation Agency to provide the Bongo District with small water systems.
The systems would be at Zorko and Soe and additional 20-point source boreholes would be drilled throughout the district.
“Most of these projects are far advanced in their implementation. I wish to make an appeal to the traditional authorities of communities where these facilities are located to help the District Assembly to document all lands on which these facilities will be cited,” he said.
Mr Syme appealed to the people to desist from indiscriminate bush burning and activities that degrade the environment and said government through the Assembly had cultivated 20 hectres of mango trees at seven dam sites under the Climate Change Component of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP).
He appealed to the Assembly Members and traditional rulers where these projects are located to take good care of them since the plantations would be the properties of communities and would generate employment for the community members.
Mr Syme appealed to all stakeholders in the education sector to adopt pragmatic measures to help address the abysmal performance of students particularly that of the basic schools and to also help arrest the upsurge of teenage pregnancies among school girls in the area.
The Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional, Naba Baba Salifu Aleemyarum, commended the Joyful African Mission for their support for the education in the District including the construction of a kindergarten and a library.