The Nkwanta North District Chief Executive (DCE), Nawugma Kidignang William, has outlined his vision to transform the district into one that would attract investors.
According to him, getting facilities including a water system at Sibi, financial institutions in the district capital, Kpassa as well as developing the Kpassa market into a model trading hub would greatly help improve the socio-economic lives of the people adding “these issues are paramount and dear to my heart”.
Mr William said these in an interview with the Ghanaian Times in Accra on Wednesday.Speaking on getting water systems at Sibi, he said the area which is a farming community had been without water for months forcing the population of about 8,000 people to walk several miles to Kpassa, in search of water whilst others journey towards Damanko to fetch from the Oti River.
Mr William stressed that the situation at Sibi had been a persistent one demanding stakeholders’ action to better the situation.
He said the underground water system could sometimes go dry, making it difficult to drill boreholes to industrialise and the only option left is to draw water from the River Oti to the Sibi community.
“The systems they go through in terms of water is a very serious one and the community cries everyday calling for help. The people are left out so I feel bad for them as a DCE,” he added.
He indicated that he had started seeking sponsorships from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to help in addressing the situation.
Pertaining the need for the district capital, Kpassa, to have financial institutions, he indicated that it was only in 2019 that the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) established its branch in the community, saying it was not enough to servethe people because of the market size of the district capital, where people came from far and near to trade.
“Market women and men are prone to being robbed because there are no banks around so they have to travel around with huge sums of money which is not safe,” stressing Kpassa has developed, that was why Ghana Commercial Bank, the National Investment Bank (NIB) and other financial institutions to as a matter of urgency establish branches in the area to facilitate trade”.
Mr William underscored the need to re-develop the Kpassa market to help make it more attractive and well patronised adding “Kpassa market is one of the biggest and most attractive in the Oti Region, we have started some investments to give it a face lift because it has the potential to generate enough revenue to serve the needs of the people”.