Twic youth task governor to provide clean drinking water
AUTHOR: Ater Oliver | PUBLISHED: July 12, 2023
Maniem Bol Malek, Governor of Warrap State, (middle). |credit | Governor's press unit
Youth in Twic county of warrap state have tasked the state governor to provide clean drinking water in Ajak Kuac payam to save them from water born diseases in the unsafe river water.
The youth leader of Ajak Kuac payam, Mayai Mayiik Atem said there are only two boreholes since the time of Sudan government. Those are the only ones operating in the whole payam of Ajak after the tapes of the only water top tank that was also provided by the Unity government of Sudan in 2007 got damaged. The youth leader said the two boreholes are not enough to serve the population living in the area.
According to South Sudan Estimation population survey 2021, Ajak-Kuac Payam has a population of 40,000 people and this number rely on two boreholes letting to many opting for river which is not clean.
Mayai asked for 300,000 south Sudanese pounds from the governor to repair water tapes to increase community access to safe drinking water
“The issue of inadequate water is challenging the people in the area. We have only two boreholes. The one within the town and the other one beside the school there. These boreholes are not enough to us because people who were displaced by the fighting erupted in Aneet are also gathering here. We are strongly asking for your help to assist us with it” Said Mayai.
While responding to the request, governor Maniem Bol Malek said boreholes lie under the responsibility of the residents but accepted to pay the amount requested for tape repairing.
“You have requested 300,000 SSP for repairing water pipes to provide you with enough water. I heard this and I will go with it. I will pay 300,000 SSP to repair it. Taking care of the boreholes is under responsibility of the residents. If there are boreholes provided to you by the government or NGOs use them well. They are yours nobody will take them again,” Maniem said.