Water supply project to serve 32 communities in Upper East - President
The newly commissioned Upper East Water Supply Project at Tono in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality will serve a total of 347,466 residents in 32 communities in the Upper East Region, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.

Date Created : 8/8/2022 12:00:00 AM : Story Author :

The project, which was started in September 2018 at a cost of 37,683,226.00 Euros, was commissioned at a brief colourful ceremony by the President at Tono as part of his day’s working visit to the Region.

It is expected to supply 20,500 cubic metres of water per day. Addressing the Chiefs and people of the area, President Akufo-Addo said the project was in line with government’s quest to achieve a target set out by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal six, of ensuring the availability and management of water and sanitation for all.

The President said “Government remains committed to creating an enabling environment through the provision of social infrastructure that will attract businesses to our communities.

“Accordingly, I expect that with the availability of potable water in this area, investors will take advantage of government’s flagship programmes such as the One-District-One-Factory initiative to establish small and medium scale enterprises to create employment for young people.”

He said government was working diligently to provide funds to improve the water supply situation in other parts of the country to ensure equity and improve on the lives of all communities in the country, and remained committed to creating the enabling environment for the provision of social infrastructure to advance businesses in communities.

The President said work would commence by the end of 2022 on the Sekondi-Takoradi Water Supply Expansion Project in the Western Region, Tamale and Yendi in the Northern Region and Damongo in the Savannah Region to meet the growing human population across the country.

He urged the beneficiary communities, including communities in the Bolgatanga and Kassena-Nankana Municipalities, the Bongo, Bolgatanga East, and Kassena-Nankana West Districts in the Region to help maintain the facility by paying their water bills on time, and report burst water pipelines to the appropriate authority.

President Akufo-Addo later inspected ongoing construction work on the Kulda bridge on the Bolgatanga - Bawku -Pulmakom road located in the Bolgatanga East District. Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the, noted that the vision of President Akufo-Addo was to ensure equitable distribution of development across all 16 Regions of the country.

“This has resulted in the provision of this new ultra-modern water supply system for the good people of the Upper East Region. “The commissioning ceremony gives full credence to the determination of government to improve access to good potable water, and also deepen the water for all agenda set out by the President,” she said.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Stephen Yakubu said the completion of the Tono Expansion Water Project was a manifestation of the government delivering on its promises.

“For all intent and purpose, this project has come to solve the acute water supply challenges faced by many major towns in areas such as Navrongo, Bolgatanga, Zuarungu and Bongo,” he said. He assured the President that measures and structures would be put in place to ensure that the purpose for which the facility was constructed, would be achieved.

Paramount Chief of the Navrongo Traditional Area, Pe Denis Aneakwoa Balinia Adda Asagpaare II, thanked the Akufo-Addo-led government for the project and other government projects the area had benefited over the years, and used the occasion to appeal for the completion of the Navrongo Youth Resource Centre.

President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by some Ministers of State and government officials including Mr. Ambrose Dery, the Interior Minister, Mr. Dominic Nitiwul, the Minister of Defense, Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Attah, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr. Daniel Botwe, the Minister of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development among others.