President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday commissioned the €37.6 million Upper East Region Water Supply Project.
The Water Supply System will provide the people of Bolgatanga, Navrongo, Paga and its environs with 20,500 cubic metres of water per day, approximately 4.5 million of water per day, from the initial 1.5 million gallons a day.
In January 2018, the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Finance (MoF), secured funding to the tune of €37,683,266, consisting of a €12,341,308 grant from the Netherlands Government and a €25 million facility from ING Bank, also from the Netherlands, to implement the Upper East Region Water Supply Project.
Following on from this, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, together with the contractor, DENYS NV, structured the project into two phases, to increase the design horizon from 2030 to 2040, to make adequate provision for future demand in line with the government policy to construct water projects taking into consideration future population growth.
Apart from Bolgatanga, Navrongo and Paga, communities such as Zuarungu, Zarre, Sumbrungu, Kalbeo, Gambibigo, Winkogo, Bongo, Yorogo, Pungu and Akomkongu are also set to benefit from the project. Three hundred and forty-seven thousand, four hundred and forty-six people will be served with safe, potable water.
President Akufo-Addo said the Water Supply Project was in line with the government’s programme to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
The President repeated the government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment, through the provision of social infrastructure to attract businesses to communities.
“Accordingly, I expect that, with the availability of potable water in this area, investors will take advantage of the Government’s Flagship Programmes, such as One- District, One Factory, to establish small and medium-scale enterprises to create employment for young people, to stimulate the growth and development of the domestic economy,” he added.
He indicated that the government was working diligently to provide funds to improve the water supply situation in other parts of the country to ensure equitable and improved quality of life for all communities in the country.
President Akufo-Addo added that work had commenced on the Keta Water Supply Expansion Project in the Volta Region, the Wenchi Water Supply Project in the Bono Region and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project in the Ashanti Region.
The President disclosed that work would commence soon on the Sekondi-Takoradi Water Supply Expansion Project in the Western Region, the Tamale and Yendi Water Supply Projects, both in the Northern Region, and Damongo Water Supply Project in the Savannah Region.
President Akufo-Addo said processes have started to develop Phase Two of the Kpong Water Supply Expansion Project to augment the supply of water to Greater Accra.
The Fanteakwa-Begoro Water Supply Project in the Eastern Region, the Tarkwa Water Supply Project in the Western Region, the Techiman Water Supply Project in the Bono East Region, the Assin Fosu Water Supply Project in the Central Region, the Western North Region Water Supply Project, the Hohoe Water Supply Project in the Volta Region, and the Kumasi Water Supply Project in the Ashanti Region will all come upstream to help respond to the growing demand for water.
The President urged the beneficiary communities in the Upper East Region to help to maintain the water infrastructure, “so we can continue to have access to potable water and, through that, ensure the general well-being and health of all the respective communities.”
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD