AN EXCURSION TO THE KUNKUNO RIVER

Below is brief information gathered about the Kunkuno River:
The River is located between Santijan and Gbenebisi communities respectively in the Sissala East Municipal of the Upper West Region and Kunkuno and Donninga communities respectively and located in the Bulsa South of the Upper East Region.
The Kunkuno River takes its source from the Sisili River in Sissala East Municipal of the Upper West Region. Communities very close the river line are Kunchogu and Basirisan. There is a small island that lies right in the middle of the Kunkuno river. The sight of the flowing river is breathtakingly awesome and scene to watch.
Geographically, at the behest of the Kunkuno river lies Santijan community in the Sissala East and behind the boundary with Upper East Region lies the Kunkunu community which is named after the river.
Going beyond the Kunkuno community, which is a farming settlement is a town called Donninga and from Donninga to Sandema.
Also close to the Kunkuno River lies Kanjaga –Fumbisi-Sandema all the way to Bolgatana the regional capital of Upper East.
There is one interesting and intriguing about this river.
There is a community called Kalaxi belonging to Sissala East Municipal of the Upper West Region.You need to cross this Kunkuno River from Gbenebiisi in Sissala East to get to yagbania and Kanjaga all in Upper East Region and then cross the same river at a different joint in Upper East Region into Kalaxi community which is geographically part of Upper West Region.
Kalaxi community is found in the middle of the Kunkuno River. The community has a population of about 60 people.
Again, the Kunkuno River flows all the way and through a third Region called North East Region and specifically Mamprugu Moagduri District. In this region, communities close to the Kunkunu River line are Nanguruma, Wiasi ,Yezesi and Yagaba.
From all the above mentioned, the Kunkuno River meets with the Kulpawn River from Upper East Region to finally enter the White Volta River in the Northern Region.
The use of improvised wooden made canoe was the only means of crossing from Sissala East or upper West to Kunkuno or Upper East region until recent times that, a very well built bridge has been put over it by a foreign contractor. This now allows easy passage over the river and hence more trade between the two regions.
The quest to continue crop cultivation even during dry season in the Northern part of the country has always being the priority of every development partner or agent whose wish to create alternative means of livelihood amongst the most deprived communities.
To this end, development partners or agents including governments both past and present has instituted the idea of constructing irrigation facilities to see to reality this agenda but also, at the other end comes some school of thoughts who have doubted the genuine intentions of really putting up befitting irrigation dams and a typical example can be sited of the current government’s one village, one dam policy. This has received worldwide condemnation because dams were poorly constructed, money wasted and seen as a mere propaganda than a reality.
Now, if lack of water in constructed dams has always being the concern why not making good use of opportunities like diverting the Kunkuno River into large constructed dams for farming purposes. The river could as well be conserved as mangrove vegetation couple its positives.
This river flows away every rainy season living little as no effort have been made and is being made to conserve the water for agriculture purposes .The turn of events have being worrying to concerned persons in this part of the country. One would have expected us to learn from the good practice in neighboring Burkina Faso in the likes of the Bagre dam that has sustained agricultural activities of the country. Its for the sake of such initiative of conserving large waters that produces the large imports of tomatoes into Ghana from Burkina Faso.
This untapped river if conserved or diverted into a well-constructed dam could serve as tourist site as activities such as bird watching, sport fishing, boat ridding and game watching since is found or located along the Western Wild Life corridor area which serves as migratory route for game between Ghana and Burkina Faso.
The scenic nature of the flowing river could make clinical psychologists or doctors prescribe it as nature –based prescription in an attempt to solve psychological issues.
I conclude, by calling on all interest partners to as part of creating alternative livelihood means to the people around these mentioned areas help conserve this wasted water for use.

 

Ayamga Bawa Fatawu is a community development practitioner, a Freelancer, Rural Reporter/blogger . He is also a Youth Activist and an environmental advocate. Being the administrator of www. Ghstories.com, Consumed by passion to serve the vulnerable and less privilege in society he gives voice to voiceless and also craves for attention from duty bearers to the plights of the most deprived areas in the country. He also has experienced in child protection having worked with an International Non-Governmental Organization . You can contact him via Phone Number :+233(0)-243154092/203810156 Email :sbloga@yahoo.com

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