Staff of MoneyGram and the residents in a post at the forecourt of the project.
Money-Gram has commissioned a mechanized borehole it sank for residents of Somanya-Abokobi in the Yilo-Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region.
The commissioning was done by a high level MoneyGram International delegation.
The sinking of the borehole followed a Joy News report that the residents of the area lack potable drinking water.
Nene Obu Nartey, Divisional Chief of Abokobi, in a speech at the commissioning of the project on Friday, noted that residents of the area had gone through hell over the years in their efforts to have access to clean and safe drinking water.
‘It’s a very difficult situation we have here. It is very, very serious. During the dry season, people would travel about a mile before they get water, and even that, it’s only dirty water we get,’ Nene Obu Nartey said.
‘Now, we hope that our health condition will improve as the sickness from drinking bad water will go away,’ he added.
He commended MoneyGram for its generosity and urged other institutions to do same.
Abokobi’s first and only pipe-borne water was constructed in 1957 but had deteriorated over the years and is now out of use.
Manye Nakie Obu-fio I, Queenmother of the traditional area in an interview with the media, indicated that government had for the past twelve years failed to provide good drinking water at Abokobi.
Ms. Pharis Moenga, MoneyGram Marketing Manager, US-Africa Corridors, highlighted the support MoneyGram had offered to poor and underprivileged communities in Ghana over the years.
She indicated that MoneyGram had also sunk boreholes at Asuboi in the Ashanti Region and Wa School for the Blind.
She appealed to residents of Abokobi to take good care of the borehole to ensure its continuous use.
BY Melvin Tarlue
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