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Unilever Presents Jubilee Gifts to the North

2007-02-26 21:43:14
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AS PART of its social responsibility, the Unilever Ghana Foundation for Education and Development (UFED) has provided six potable water projects worth about ¢300 million, as independence jubilee gifts to the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions.

The beneficiary communities of the hand-dug wells are Bawkzua, Navrongo-Nyagyin and Tenogo in the Upper East Region and Kuuchileyili and Tamaara in the Upper West Region while Tamasco in the Northern Region got a water system.

At the symbolic commissioning of the Upper East projects at Navrongo in the Bawku Municipality, the Chairman of Trustees of UFED, Mr. Andrew Quayson, said the Foundation deemed it an opportunity to donate life lasting gifts to the communities at the time when the nation was celebrating her 50th Independence Anniversary so that the communities could have a double celebration.

He noted that it was also an opportunity for the Foundation to demonstrate it’s practical and specific commitment to the communities in the northern part of Ghana, adding, “Life is about making others happy everyday.”

Mr. Quayson disclosed that the Foundation had earmarked close to ¢2 billion to provide potable water across the length and breadth of the country for needy communities.

He commended WaterAid Ghana, which supported the Foundation to bring the projects to fruition, with some monetary contributions to the projects as well as constructing pit latrines for each of the beneficiary communities through its implementing agency RuralAid.

He noted that it was encouraging that local communities were taking their destiny into their own hands contrary to the past years where they used to wait for government to provide them all their needs and wants without any participation. He indicated that the Foundation was encouraged by the spirit of cooperation and the role that the communities played in the construction of the projects.

On her part, Mrs. Aissa Toure, the Country Representative of WaterAid Ghana said her organization, which is dedicated to the provision of safe domestic water and sanitation to needy communities, was excited when UFED approached it to assist in constructing the projects for communities in the North.

Commissioning the projects, the Upper East Regional Minister, Boniface Gambilla commended the Foundation for being committed to its social responsibility by providing such essential needs to needy rural communities countrywide.

He urged the beneficiary communities to find possible ways of maintaining the project to serve as motivation to the Foundation to continue to extend such gestures to other needy communities in the Region.

He noted that the Region had many water resources but lacked the capacity to tap them for utilisation and called on other organisations and development partners to follow the path of UFED in that direction.

The Presiding Member of Bawku Municipal Assembly, Mr. Simon Agobre who deputised for the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Abdul Rahaman Gumah, noted that potable water was an essential ingredient in achieving the Millennium Development Goals since it was the surest way of reducing water related diseases.

He was grateful to Unilever, WaterAid and its implementing agency, RuralAid based in Bolgatanga for putting smiles on the faces of the people in the projects’ catchment areas.

He also acknowledged RuralAid for providing 12 water facilities, 167 household toilets and facilitating the formation of 11 Water and Sanitation (Watsan) Committees as well as sensitising communities in the Bawku Municipality to contribute their quota to accessing water and sanitation facilities.

source: Chronicle

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