Our investigations reveal that there is only one water dam in the community which is too small to supply a population of more than 36,500 who are predominantly fishermen and women.
Head Woman of Tombo village, Sara Bah in an exclusive interview informed journalists that Tombo lacks proper toilet facilities, suffers from lack of water, adding that the toilets constructed around the wharf area have become weak due to constant erosion from salt water.
She further said: “The major problem is that because of too much sand around houses close to the wharf, anytime someone digs a hole to construct a toilet, the sand gets loose, falls and refills the hole. But those living away from wharf areas can construct proper toilet facilities.”
She used the opportunity to urge the government to assist the community by erecting better and improved toilet facility in the community for public and private use, in order to ease stress and reduce the threat of disease outbreaks.
She maintained that they have traders coming from far-flung districts and towns to sell their agriculture produce, as well as to buy foodstuff and other items. These people, she went on to say need proper toilet and sanitation facilities.
“But our current situation with regards water supply and toilet facility are not conducive,” he lamented and called on the government to construct an additional dam to serve the more than 36,000 people residing in the community.