Community Perspective on Current Needs and Aspiration
Okyeamekrom and Bassa Area Councils have their area plans prepared under the Community-Based Rural Development Project support. These plans and therefore represent community perspective on current needs and aspirations of these two Sub-Districts. The remaining three (3) area councils did not have their plans prepared. These were Kwame Danso, Bantama and Kajaji Area Councils.
Their community perspective on current needs and aspirations were compiled through community forums. The purpose of the forums was to enable the people come out with their development needs and aspirations. The results are summarized in this section.
Forums were organized in the various electoral areas and Area Councils. The purpose was to enable the people to come out with their development needs and aspirations. The results are summarized in Table 1.38.
Priorization of Community Needs and Aspirations
Individual Unit/Area Council needs were combined into single statements, for example, “construction of boreholes” and “provision of pipe water” were summarized as “provision of “potable water”. A matrix was used to score weighted points to rank the needs. The results of the ranking is indicated in Table 1.39
These details were derived from Unit/Area Councils at community interfaces.
Provision of potable water (boreholes and pipe systems) came up on top. Perhaps, this is 46.3% of the population has access to water have to walk long distances and queue to access water facilities. About 53.7% of the district population do not have access to potable water. This portion of the population resorts to the use of lake water, streams, ponds and dams which are often polluted.
Toilet facilities followed closely. Here again, about 43 percent of the population has no access to toilets. For those with access to toilets, most of the toilets have become full and have not been dislodged.
The third priority is provision of health facilities perhaps, it is not by accident that health facilities was at the third position. Health Service provision in the district is inadequate. This has affected the willingness of the people to register for the Health Insurance Scheme which as the lowest patronage in the Brong Ahafo Region. It appears that owing to poor neat conditions and risk involved in the use of water transport, people now want health facilities to be closer home.
For tables refer to pdf file attached