By William Nlanjerbor Jalulah
Nineteen communities in the Upper East Region have been provided with one borehole each, drilled by the Royal Bank Foundation, a subsidiary of Royal Bank, a Ghanaian-owned bank with the main objective of giving back to society in the form of corporate social responsibility.
Before the commissioning of the 19 boreholes, spread in different communities of the region, the foundation, since its inauguration in August 2014, has constructed 41 boreholes in the Greater Accra, Central, Western, Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo regions.
Speaking at a short ceremony at Ketiu, a beneficiary community in the Kassena-Nankana West District to commission the boreholes, the Board Chairman of the Royal Bank, Dr. Kofi Konadu Sarpong, said the foundation was set up to drive the corporate social responsibility aspect of the bank, with the clear intention of providing water for deprived communities.
He explained that the initiative is in fulfillment of the wish of the founder of the bank, Dr. Adamu Iddrisu, a native of Ketiu, to sink, at least, 60 boreholes each year.
He said though the bank operated mainly in the southern part of the country, all communities in the country stand the chance of benefiting from its corporate social responsibility, because people do business across the country, so, therefore, whatever they had to give out as a corporate social responsibility could be extended to every part of the country.
He noted that providing such sources of water for various communities is the flagship charitable venture of the foundation, especially in the north, where many communities are bedeviled with challenges in having access to good drinking water.
The Assembly Member for the Begwebia electoral area Mumuni Abdullai Nyorka, said the intervention of the foundation had brought much relief to his community, following severe challenges in accessing good drinking water.
The Kusingu community, until the construction of the borehole, did not have a source of good drinking water, but relied only on hand-dug wells. Though several appeals and follow ups were made to the District Assembly, the problem lingered on.
This, according to the Assembly Member, brought about despondency and a feeling of being neglected to people of the community.
“I’m very fulfilled and pleased with this gesture, and I must say, we thank Royal Bank so much for coming to our aid,” he said.
In all, six districts, Kassena Nankana Municipal, Kassena Nankana West, Kassena Nankana East, Builsa North, Builsa South and Nabdam, benefited from the initiative, with several other boreholes in the region yet to be commissioned.