Pupils of Buritenge have to Swim Across a River Before Accession School
School children at Buritenge in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region of the Upper West Region have to swim daily across a deadly river before being able to access education.
Residents within the Lassie enclave of the Wa West District have therefore bemoaned about the situation and said, the deadly river poses as threat to their lives especially during the raining season.
According to the residents, the river lies across the only access route that connects Lassie, Buritenge and the adjoining communities, thus they have to swim along with their goods daily like jellyfishes before been able to access adjoining communities . Residents of the the community have therefore appealed to the government and the Wa West District Assembly to come to the aid of the community by constructing a bridge across the river.
Info Radio can report that the river which serves as a boundary between the Kende and Lassie Electoral Areas is about 200 meters wide across the footpath. The residents lamented that pupils who attend school at Lassie swim at neck-levels and some submerged incognito every day to and from school. This, they said, leaves parents uncomfortable anytime their children set out for school.
Speaking to the Assembly Member for Lassie Electoral Area, Michael Arah Sei-uu, he reveal that the Wa West District Assembly has earmarked the river for construction of a dam under the government's One Village, One Dam initiative, which will have an access road. He, however, noted that he has called on the Assembly Member for Kende Electoral Area to put heads together for an amicable solution.