US$253m water projects begin in Tamale, Yendi
The people of Tamale and Yendi will benefit from water projects the President Akufo-Addo has broken grounds for their construction. The two projects, one to be constructed in Tamale and another in Yendi, will cost $223 million and $30 million respectively.
On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, President Akufo-Addo broke ground for the commencement of the Tamale project, which will provide 29.7 million gallons of water per day for Tamale and its environs.
The US$223,287,979.56 project forms part of the government’s Tamale Water Supply Project.
In his remarks, President Akufo-Addo said the Tamale Water Supply Project seeks to expand the supply capacity of the Tamale Metropolitan area.
He also said it was to improve upon the flexibility of water supply by building a new water supply system, which will rely on the White Volta at Yapei, with a 29.7 million gallons per day capacity water treatment plant.
“This will be, by far, the biggest water project in the five northern regions, and the second biggest in the history of our country,” he said.
The government, President Akufo-Addo said, would construct a new water treatment plant at Yapei, thereby making available two water supply systems working concurrently to supply water to Tamale and its environs in order to guarantee the availability of enough potable water in the Metropolis, as this will extend the coverage area of water supply.
The beneficiary towns and communities of this project in Tamale and its environs include Cheshegu, Nanton, Yapei/Yipala, Chirifoyili, Nyankpala, Yepeligu, Dalun, Pong Tamale, Yoggo, Gbullung, Sanerigu, Zagayull, Gurugu, Sankpala, Zangbulung, Jisonayili, Savelegu, Kusawgu, Kakpagayili, Tibung, Bagabaga, Kanvili, Tolon, Tamale Township, Kumbungu, and Vitin.
Reiterating his government’s policy to ensure that all the 16 regions of the country have access to water, he told residents of Tamale that since he assumed in 2017, his government has embarked on securing funding for the construction of water treatment plants to increase access to water of the citizenry, and to create the enabling environment to attract local as well as foreign investors.
The ground breaking for the United Kingdom Export Finance and the Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch funded project occurred as part of his three-day tour of the Northern Region.
Yesterday, President Akufo-Addo also broke ground for the construction of the Yendi Water Supply Project, a fulfilment of a pledge he made to Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II at the 2019 Damba Festival.
The Water Supply Project, being financed by a $30 million facility from the India Exim Bank, is aimed at providing the people of the Yendi Municipality and its environs with 15,000 cubic metres of water daily to meet the water demand from now till the year 2040.
Breaking ground for the construction, President Akufo-Addo indicated that communities earmarked to benefit from the project, upon completion, include Yendi, Ghani (Ngani), Sambu, Adobo, Sokoli, Nakpachei, Gbungbalaga and Kuga.
“Yaa-Na MahamaAbukari II, when I told you that ‘great days lie ahead of Dagbon’, this is what I meant, as this project signals the beginning of infrastructural development for Yendi. And, as you know by now, when Akufo-Addo makes a promise, he keeps it,” he said.
The President stated that it has been 59 years since the construction of the original Yendi Water Supply System, which took its raw water source from the River Daka.
“Since its construction, it has not undergone any rehabilitation works, and it is no longer capable of satisfying the water needs of Yendi and its environs. Additionally, because of the considerable increase in population and economic growth, it has become necessary to construct a new water supply system to meet the water demands of Yendi and its adjoining towns and communities,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo also said the government had also secured funding for the construction of the Sunyani Water Supply Project, Sekondi-Takoradi Water Supply Project, and Techiman Water Supply Project, all subject to pending Cabinet and parliamentary approvals.”
The government, the President assured, “is going through the process of securing funding for the Tarkwa, Fanteakwa-Begoro, Hohoe, Assin Fosu, Kpong Phase II, and Dambai Water Supply projects, as well as the Weija Dam Rehabilitation, and Barekese Dam Expansion Projects.”