The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Foundation, on Thursday, handed over ten boreholes fitted with hand-pumps to ten communities and schools in the Upper West Region.
The Executive Director of GNPC Foundation, Dr Dominic Eduah, inaugurating the facilities, said the initiative formed part of his outfit’s commitment to promoting health in the area.
The beneficiary communities in the Upper West Region included; Wa Nursing Training College in the Wa Municipality, Ko Senior High School in the Nandom District and Jijen, Pieng and Challu Basic Schools, in the Sissala East Municipal.
Others were Sojadaoyiri and Tampieni communities both in the Wa Municipal, Nabullo and Bawiesibelle communities in the Sissala East Municipal and Bu Posssin community in the Nandom District.
He said this formed part of the borehole project, started by the Foundation last year, under which GNPC constructed 100 boreholes for communities and institutions across the country.
These included 40 boreholes in the Northern Region, ten in the Upper East Region, 20 in the Western Region, and 20 in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Central Regions.
That, he said “is our expectation that this intervention will go a long way to significantly reduce reliance on polluted water streams and other unhealthy sources which leave many with health implications.”
Touching on the facilities at the schools, Dr Eduah said it would improve sanitation and ensure that they did not abandon classrooms in search of water, and urged the beneficiaries to properly maintain the facilities.
He explained that the foundation was the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the GNPC, working in three areas – education and training, economic empowerment and environment and social amenities, to impact the lives of Ghanaians.
“As the Corporation Social Investment arm of GNPC, we have set ourselves on a mission to positively impact on the livelihood of Ghanaians through greater collaboration, community engagement and socio-economic investment,” Dr Eduah, added.
The Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, commended the GNPC Foundation for extending its support to the region, and said it would help improve the water situation in the area.
He said government was committed to improving the lives of the people, and would provide social amenities to improve the living conditions of the people.
Mr Issahaku entreated the beneficiary communities to put the facilities into judicious use.
Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke to the Ghanaian Times, expressed gratitude to the GNPC Foundation for the kind gesture, and gave the assurance that they would ensure regular maintenance of the facilities to avoid breakdown.
Ghana is a signatory to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seeks among other things, to ensure access to good water and improved sanitation for all Ghanaians by 2030.
FROM LYDIA DARLINGTON, TUMU