An American real estate company, BG International (BGI), in collaboration with Safe Water Network, has inaugurated a head water station for Yawkwei in the Asante Akyem South District in the Ashanti Region.
The mechanised borehole water project will provide safe drinking water to over 13,000 residents of the community.
The project forms part of the three-town water project announced by the Chairman of the BGI, Daniel Rose, in July last year.
The three sites form the foundation for a cluster of locally owned and managed systems in the region, which will be expanded over the next four years.
The other two communities are Ananekrom in the Asante Akyem North District and Atia in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality.
The District Chief Executive of Asante Akyem South, de Graft Fokuoh, on behalf of the beneficiary communities, thanked BGI and Safe Water Network for providing the communities with the facilities as it would go a long way to improve the lives of the people.
He said the facility formed part of the small towns water project earmarked for some communities within the district.
He urged the beneficiaries to take good care of the water station for it to benefit a lot more people.
The Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr (Mrs) Bernice Adiku Heloo, underscored the importance of water and environmental sustainability.
She said water played vital roles in the daily lives of people and its “contribution to sanitation cannot be overe-mphasised.”
Dr Adiku Heloo noted that the government alone could not provide all the basic amenities of its citizens, and appealed to philanthropists and all Ghanaians to support any attempt to provide water and other basic amenities across the country.
“It is in the light of this that the philanthropic gestures of BGI and Safe Water Network deserve commendation,” she said.
The Deputy Minister of Environment Science, Technology and Innovation, Vincent Oppong Asamoah, commended the two companies for putting their efforts together to provide water for the people of Yawkwei.
He appealed to the chiefs and people to jointly own the project and maintain it to benefit future generations.
The Chairman for the occasion, Akyempinhene Oheneba Adusei Poku, on behalf of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, thanked BGI and Safe Water Network for their contribution to the socio-economic development of the people of the region through the provision of water.
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