PRESIDENT John Mahama yesterday inaugurated a 21.02-million Euros potable water supply project at Fetentaa, in the Berekum Municipality of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The project, which is benefiting 300,000 people in 27 districts of the region, forms part of the peri-urban rural and small town water and sanitation scheme.
Consequently, communities including Fetentaa, Wamfie, Ntotoroso, Kato, Adom, Kajeji, and Jamdede, now have potable water, thanks to the project, which was initiated by the government in 2009.
The Euro-funded project covers a total of 15 small town water supply systems out of which 10 have been completed while 85 per cent of work has been done on the remaining five.
Inaugurating the project at a gathering of the chiefs and people of the Berekum traditional area, President Mahama noted that it formed part of the government’s quest to achieve 75 per cent rural water coverage by the end of 2015.
President Mahama said aside the small town water systems, 700 boreholes fitted with hand pumps and an additional 19 hand-dug wells fitted with hand pumps had also been provided.
He said the government had committed itself to constructing small water systems for senior high schools facing acute water shortage, adding that four of such projects had already been undertaken.
The President lauded the traditional council for putting behind it the protracted chieftaincy disputes, which he said had paved the way for government to prosecute its developmental agenda for the area.
He assured that he would be back in the area to cut the sod for work to start on roads earmarked under the cocoa roads rehabilitation project, hinting that the Berekum and Drobo town roads would be awarded for contract.
Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, urged the district assembly and water sanitation team to ensure that revenue from the sale of water was properly accounted for.
That, he said, would enable the team to draw on the accumulated funds to carry out its own operations and maintenance on the plant.
Daasebre Dr. Amankona Diawuo II, Berekumanhene, lauded the government for its the work it was doing in the Berekum traditional area and in the region as a whole.
He pledged “nananom’s” support for any development intervention in the area, assuring that the chiefs had decided to bury their differences to forge ahead in unity and development.
From Samuel Nuamah, Berekum