At least two thousand persons are said to be in dire need of safe drinking water in Kayata, Bong County, as the town suffers acute water shortage. Kayata is the birth place of then President of the Cuttington University, now Senator of Bong County, Dr. Henrique Tokpa.
Explaining their ordeal, the Youth President of Kayata, Habakkuk Leetor, lamented that inhabitants of the town are currently fetching drinking water from a nearby creek. Mr. Leetor noted that residents, particularly women and children, normally fall prey to malaria and other minor illnesses due to the lack of safe drinking water in the town.
He also told newsmen that the entire community and it's surroundings do not have access to health facilities. "Whenever a woman falls sick or is in pain here, she has to be carried on motorbike or in a vehicle to the C. B. Dunbar or Phebe hospital", Leetor said.
Mr. Leetor stressed the urgent need for the construction of a clinic in the town to cater to the entire Kporyorquelleh Clan.
The Kayata Youth President however named bad road network as a major contributing factor to some of the problems confronting the town. He said the major road that connects the town with Sinyea and Phebe is currently in a deplorable condition, thus making life more difficult for inhabitants, especially during the rainy season.
Mr. Leetor, on behalf of citizens of the community and it's environs, launched an appeal for goodwill individuals and humanitarian organizations to come to their aid. At the same time, several residents of the town have hugely criticized Senator Tokpa for abandoning a community that holds his navel-string.
Speaking on the basis of anonymity, aggrieved Kayata residents noted that Senator Tokpa's last visit in the town was during his 2018 Senatorial campaign. They said it was shamefully woeful to note that the home of a seated Senator does not have access to basic social services.
Senator Tokpa who is on record for openly saying he didn't promise development during his campaign in 2018, seems to be carefree, evidenced by his continued silence on issues confronting his kinsmen.
Reported by: Joseph Armstrong Doloyuwah