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World Bank pumps GHS 21 million into water project

2014-02-24 20:44:05
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Water Shortage
The World Bank is funding a community water project in the Upper East Region valued at GH¢21 million to make water more accessible to the people.

Settlement patterns in the Upper East Region is sparsely populated thereby compelling the people, especially women and children to walk long distances to access water for household domestic chores and other needs.

A brief ceremony to sign the contract documents for the takeoff of the project, known as the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation projects, was held last Friday in Bolgatanga.

The contracts are 19 lots for 13 districts with 15 contractors signed on to provide 13 small towns with tap water, 250 boreholes and 45 institutional latrines.

Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, Upper East Regional Minister, congratulated the contractors for winning the bids after evaluation and said he would take particular interest in the projects because he wants the contractors to deliver quality work.

He urged the construction firms to do quality work and stay within the contract terms. He reiterated that he would not entertain lateness and shoddy work from any of the contractors on the job.

Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru acknowledged the important role water played in the lives of the people of the region and said water was vital in every aspect of life, especially to people living in rural and remote communities.

He said easy accessibility to water would take care of the man-hours used by women and children to walk long distances in search of water for domestic chores.

He called on the Municipal and District chief Executives (MDCEs) to play active roles in monitoring the projects to avoid shoddy works, and that, their involvement in the processes was essential to ensure quality work.

The Minister said the ceremony marked the beginning of many projects to come and expressed the hope that the provision of water in the communities of the region would help improve the living standards of the people.

Mr William Oware Nyarko, Principal Engineer of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, in Bolgatanga said the projects involves13 small town water system, drilling and construction of 250 boreholes and 45 institutional Latrines to be carried out within an eight month period in all the nine districts.

He said due diligence was done during the evaluation process, and that, the Contractors selected to undertake the projects would do a good job.


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