“Water for All” programme on course -Patrick Boamah
Parliament approved a loan facility of €138 million for the construction and expansion of the water supply project for Sunyani.
A paper was also laid for an amount of €70 million for the financing of the Sekondi- Takoradi Water Supply Rehabilitation and Expansion Project.
According to the Mr Patrick Yaw Boamah, Deputy Minister for Sanitation & Water Resource and Member of Parliament for Okaikoi Central, the construction and expansion of these water projects are a testament that the ‘Water for All Programme’ of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government was on course.
Mr Boamah indicated that the ‘Water for All Programme’ was one of the major promises President Akufo-Addo made during his 2016 campaign, and was gradually fulfilling them and must be acknowledged.
“I believe that government’s “Water for All Programme” is on course.
“Government is investing so much in water and sanitation, and this is an example.”
He said the two projects would be very instrumental in the lives of the beneficiary communities, as it is intended to bolster economic and commercial activities in those areas.
Supporting Mr Boamah’s point, a report by the Parliament Finance Committee indicated that the two projects are expected to improve access to potable water supply and improve agricultural production.
It is also intended to boost commercial activities and improve business opportunities, mainly industrial and commercial enterprises in the beneficiary communities.
For the Sunyani project, about 20 communities, including Odumase, Abesem, Tanoso, Nsuatre and Chiraa, are expected to benefit from it, while the people of Sekondi, Takoradi, Effia- Kwesimintsim, Essikado-Ketan, and many others will also benefit from the expansion in that part of the country.
Throwing more light on the Sunyani project, the report by the Finance Committee of Parliament indicated that the Sunyani Municipality had witnessed one of the most dramatic population growth rates in the country, increasing from about 101,141 inhabitants in 2000 to 184,692 in 2010, a trend which is likely to prevail in the ensuing years, as the town continues to discover greater potential for socio-economic growth.
The rapid growth rate of socio-economic transformation in Sunyani and its surrounding communities has, however, not been matched by the delivery of water, thereby threatening the health and sustainable growth of the supply area, the report said.
Against the backdrop of the continued growth of Sunyani and the surrounding communities, and in keeping with the country’s drive towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal No. 6 of providing water for all, the need for the immediate expansion of the existing water supply system had become even more compelling.
The report indicated that in order to achieve this, the government needs to procure a loan to finance the Sunyani Water project, and the Standard Chartered Bank has agreed to grant the needed financing.
Mr Boamah, therefore, charged the people of Sunyani and its environs, as well as Sekondi-Takoradi and its environs, to support the Akufo-Addo-led administration to win power in the upcoming elections, in order to continue more of such projects.
He extended his appreciation to the Members of Parliament in those regions who also pushed for the programme to become a reality.