Nana Kwesi Addo II, the Akyem Kotoku Mponua Gyaasehene of Pankese on Tuesday handed over a GHC50, 000 ultra-modern mechanized borehole to residents of Pankese Awoyo, a mining community in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region.
Under the “water project number one” it was solely financed by Nana Kwesi Addo II, a philanthropist and business entrepreneur.
Five other communities in the district will also benefit from the benevolence of Nana Kwesi Addo II for mechanized borehole as part of medium term solution to the water challenges of the area over the years.
The penned down beneficiary communities include Kote y3 aboa, Hyua y3 mobor, Owuroma, Bramkrom, and Pankase town.
Handing over the project to the community on Tuesday, Nana Kwesi Addo II said the gesture was in fulfilment of a dream he had.
“I have done this for the community because the late Mponuaman and Pankesehemaa, Nana Yaa Asantewa appeared to me in a dream and told me to provide a water facility for the community,” he told the Ghanaian Times.
“My vision was to construct a traditional council for these communities but one day, the late Ohemaa appeared to me in my dream and asked that I provide potable water for her children and grandchildren, I have no option than to respect and fulfill the request”, he added.
Nana Kwesi Addo II said though it was the responsibility of government to provide the communities with amenities including water, it behoved citizens to support the government in that regard.
“I want to encourage other individuals and none-governmental organisations to endeavour to provide the social amenities which their communities may be lacking so that together, we can build a unified developed Ghana.”
The Unit Committee Chairman of the area, Mark Agyarko, for his part said the selfless and kind gesture by Nana Kwesi Addo II would contribute positively towards improvement of the quality of lives in the recipient communities.
He said many communities had suffered from water borne diseases for many years as a result of drinking impure water.
Residents of Pankese until then, had to commute for about two miles to adjourning communities to fetch water for domestic and economic use with its attendant health risk and consuming unwholesome water.
FROM DAVID KODJO, PANKESE