The Presbyterian Relief Service and Development (PRSD), in collaboration with Ghana Outlook, a UK-based Non-Governmental Organisation, has commissioned a mechanised borehole for the people of Ada-Addokope in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region.
The 37, 500 Ghana cedis borehole will help solve the water supply challenges of the people of the town and the neighbouring communities.
Ghana Outlook funded the project while the PRSD facilitated it.
The commissioning formed part of the PRSD World Water Day celebration on the theme: “Leaving No One Behind”
Mr Williams Jesse Mensah, the Representative of Ghana Outlook, said the project was in response to a request by the Chief of Ada-Addokope, Nene Jonathan Addo III, and members of the community.
He said in a fact-finding mission to the community, it came to light that water was one of the essential commodities the community lacked.
He expressed gratitude that the project, which started in December last year, is finally complete and would provide total relief for the people.
Mr Mensah said Ghana Outlook was funding other projects including the building of schools, providing medical facilities, tractors for farming and drilling of boreholes in communities across the country.
He, therefore, urged the community to take care of the facility to prolong its lifespan.
“We can only do more if we are motivated by observing a good maintenance culture” he added.
Mr Emmanuel Nyarko, the PRSD Coordinator, said they would be drilling 10 boreholes for 10 communities across the country this year and called for community support towards their maintenance.
The Reverend Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong, the Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), said the Church’s efforts in providing safe water to communities was to assist the country in attaining the Sustainable Development Goal Six, which is aimed at providing access to safe drinking water.
He decried the rate at which people were destroying water bodies through illegal mining and pollution.
Rev Ayete-Nyampong said whereas Ghana’s rivers had become receptacle for waste, other countries were committed to preserving their water bodies for domestic and industrial use and called for attitudinal change towards protecting water sources.
He said with proper orientation, the nation could employ independent vigilantes for the protection of the environment.
The independent vigilantes, he said, should be given the mandate to charge spot fitness to serve as a deterrent to others.
He said the PCG was keen on providing top class education, health and relief services to the people at all times.
Mr Adzoteyei Lawi Akrofi, the Ada West District Chief Executive, in a speech read on his behalf, said the Assembly was embarking on various projects including providing safe drinking water to all communities in the District.
He thanked the Ghana Outlook and PRSD for the gesture, which would help to reduce the pains people went through in search of potable water.
He announced that the District had not recorded any cholera case since 2018 due to the measures put in place by the Assembly to ensure good health and environmental cleanliness.
Ms Cynthia Winifred Aku Gbadago, the Ada West Director of Education, said she was delighted that the project had come into fruition and that it would not only alleviate the sufferings of the community but enhance teaching and learning as pupils would no longer travel long distances in search of water.
Nene Jonathan Addo III, the chief of Ada-Addokope, thanked the donors for honouring his request and appealed to the community to take good care of the facility.
Meanwhile the Ghana Outlook has presented 500 dual desks worth 7,200 Ghana cedis to the Gbantana-Cheshire Basic School in the Ada East District.
The School was built by students from Cheshire in the United Kingdom as part of their cultural exchange programme, facilitated by Mr Jonathan Akrofi Ayiwah, a former Assemblyman.
Mr Emmanuel Alimoh, the Assistant Headmaster of the school, thanked the NGO for its continuous support to the school.
Mr Stephen Boamah, a National Service Person, posted to the School, said it lacked computers, teaching materials and school uniforms and called on the authorities to go to their aid.
Some of the school children the Ghana News Agency spoke to expressed appreciation to the donors for the gesture, which would aid teaching and learning.
They said some of their colleagues had to leave to other schools because of lack of furniture.