The Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly under the leadership of the MCE for the area, Simon Kweku Tetteh on Thursday 14th November, 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Non-Governmental Organization, Growth Aid to provide new boreholes and repair existing damaged ones.
The project to be funded by the Latter Day Saints Charities, will see 9 communities in the middle belt of the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality have 8 new boreholes constructed and 10 of the existing damaged boreholes repaired in the first phase of the agreement.
The MoU was signed at a colourful ceremony at the assembly hall of the Municipal Assembly and witnessed by area chiefs from the beneficiary communities, opinion leaders, Heads of Department from the Municipal Assembly, the Municipal School Health Education Programme (SHEP) Coordinator, Godfred Ofoe Caeser among other key stakeholders in the area.
Mrs. Rachel Annan, Head of Operations for Growth Aid who led the team from the NGO to the signing of the MoU on behalf of the Executive Director, Mr. Joe Lambongang, said their outfit saw the need to respond to the emergency need of the good people of Tsledom in the middle belt of the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality.
This followed several media reportages on the plight of the people of that community who depended on polluted sources of drinking water, a situation that led to the outbreak of suspected yaws in the community in July, 2019.
The locals suspected the condition to be waterborne induced by heavily polluted surface water serving the community as the only source of drinking water.
Mrs. Rachel Annan said the revelation encouraged the initiative which will benefit other communities who are badly in need of portable water.
She assured the people of the affected communities of their maximum commitment to support the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality to make potable water accessible to the good people living in the hard to reach areas and called for maximum support and commitment from all stakeholders in the Municipality to make this dream a reality.
On his part, Mr. Simon Kweku Tetteh expressed his heartfelt appreciation to Growth Aid for coming to the aid of his people living in the hard to reach areas who are deprived of potable water, adding that the assembly would offer its continued support to all development partners in his Municipality.
He entreated all stakeholders to play active role in supporting this partnership initiative which aims at providing potable water to the people living in the middle belt to motivate the NGO to do more after the first phase of the agreement.
A Project Implementation Committee made up of representatives from the Municipal Works Department, Municipal Social Development Department, Municipal Education Directorate, Municipal Environmental Department, Municipal Development Planning Department, representatives from the beneficiary communities and officials from the NGO was formed and inaugurated after the official signing of the MoU and launching of the project.
Source: Michael Oberteye – ghanaweb.com
November 25, 2019
Great initiative! This will be a significant contribution to the fight against neglected tropical diseases prevalent in the district.