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Tamale Water Problem Solution In Sight

2006-08-21 20:31:20
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Water Shortage
The water problem facing residents of Tamale and its environs is near solution with the commencement of rehabilitation and expansion of the Dalun water works which supplies treated water to the metropolis.

The Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, performed the sod-cutting ceremony for the start of the 45 million Euros project.

The project, which is being carried out by Ms Biwater BV is funded by the Dutch government and the government of Ghana and is expected to be completed in 2008.

Mr. Owusu-Agyeman said that the project, when completed would supply 45 million gallons of water enough to meet the daily needs of a projected population of about 500,000 people by 2020.

The present installed capacity of the plant is 10 million gallons a day but it is able to supply only about four million.

He debunked the widely held notion that the government was not committed to finding a lasting solution to the Tamale water crisis because the people of the metropolis did not vote for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The minister said the sod-cutting ceremony was a clear testimony of the government’s full commitment to improving the lives of the people irrespective of their political affiliations.

"The event we are witnessing gives credence to the determination of the NPP government to improve the quality of life and health of the people," Mr. Owusu-Agyeman, stated.

He commended the government of Netherlands for the assistance saying "this will assist reduce poverty and also help the government to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Mr. Owusu-Agyeman said that the project was so dear to the government and people that the contractors may have to work day and night to ensure its completion on the schedule.

He also suggested to them to employ some of the workers from the communities to help reduce unemployment in the area. He appealed to chiefs, opinion leaders and youth groups to cooperate with the contractors in the execution of the project.

The Dutch Ambassador, Arie Vander-Weil, said his government was committed to improving the lives of the rural communities hence its decision to raise its grants to Ghana from 35 per cent last year to 50 per cent this year.

Mr. Vander-Weil expressed the hope that the project would improve the efficiency and cost recovery of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).

Northern Regional Minister, Mustapha Ali Idris, expressed the people’s gratitude to the governments of Ghana and Netherlands for the project which he said would help minimize the guinea worm menace in the region.

The Managing Director of GWCL, Samuel G.O. Lamptey, explained that the project involves the installation of two new vertical shaft pumps at the intake tower and the construction of raw water transmission main from the intake point at Nawuni to the treatment plant at Dalun. A storage compound will also be installed at Kukuo.

The Members of Parliament for the Tamale metropolis, Mr. Haruna Iddris, Mr. Abukari Sumani and Mr. Fushini Inusah, as well as the MP for Kumbungu, Mr. Yakubu Imoro all of the National Democratic Congress were present at the ceremony, as were district chief executives and chiefs.

source: Times

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