Residents of Yarkoi-Mekaa, a predominantly farming community in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Savannah Region, have appealed to the District Chief Executive and the Member of Parliament to help them desilt their community dam which they claim is on the brink of drying up.
The residents who have been depending on the water pan for water for building purposes and as a source of water for their livestock was built in the 1980’s by Very Rev. Fr. Bernhard Hagen.
They however, lamented that years of neglect has led to accumulation of tonnes of sludge in the crucial dam that supplies water to the area.
Speaking to Yagbon News, the President of YEMYA, Mr Edmound Sobaltey Sa-uro, appealed to authorities to desilt the dam soon before it becomes extinct.
“We are calling upon government through the DCE to help in dredging work of this dam before it gets completely clogged up. Since it was constructed in the 1980’s no major renovation works have been carried out leading to accumulation of tons of silt which has interfered with its water retention capacity,” he said.
Water from the dam was meant to help boost agricultural activities in the area through irrigation consumption by animals.
Mr Edmound also pleaded with the DCE, Hon. Lonsina Barikisu, to visit the dam and oversee the extent of neglect so that she can authorize its rehabilitation.
“We are appealing to our DCE to visit this dam and see how serious the situation is,” We would be glad to see her directing work for the reconstruction of the dam to kick off soon and ensure its continued presence becomes a blessing in the improvement of the lives of the residents,” he added.