Pantang Area Water and Sanitation Scheme revenue increases

GROUPThe Pantang Area Water and Sanitation Development Scheme under its four-year mandate has recorded GH¢149,156.13 increase in revenue over the 2011 figure of GH¢ 26, 164.07

The increment represents 85 per cent of the total revenue of the scheme since 2011.

The scheme provides potable water to the residents of Adenta and its environs.

This was disclosed by Mrs. Mary Dzogbewu, the outgoing chairperson of the scheme at the inauguration of new board members on Monday.

Describing the turnaround as significant, Mrs.Dzogbewu said consumers must pay for services rendered them if the scheme was to be sustainable.

Cataloguing the statistics, she said all the three accounts being operated by the scheme had recorded massive improvement.

She said when the board took over in 2011, the operational account was increased from GH¢2,050.75 to GH¢10,978.59. Sanitation increased from GH¢1,114.07 to GH¢63,950.89 (including treasury bill GH¢40,000.00), while the investment account was increased from GH¢23,000.00 to GH¢100,390.72.

She said notwithstanding the challenges, the board improved chalked success in expansion access to residents and extension in distribution lines from 15 to 28 km within the municipality.

Mrs. Dzobgewu said the board also increased the number of households from 750 in 2011 to 1,266 households.

She urged the incoming members to mobilise more resources to connect more households.

The Municipal Chief Executive of the Ga East Municipal Assembly, Mr. John Kwao Sackey said the government was making efforts to increase access to potable water for the people.

He, however, advised the new board members to pay attention to sanitation, saying poor hygienic practices might cause diseases.

Mr. Sackey implored the incoming members to strive to improve on the achievement of their predecessors.

In a brief statement, the incoming board chairman, Mr. Benjamin Banitsi, assured of his board’s readiness to ensuring good sanitation practices in the area.

He tasked residents to consider the scheme as an intervention to address the community’s water challenges, adding that “we all must pay our water bills and adopt maintenance culture to guarantee the lifespan of the facilities”.

By Malik Sullemana

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