Government, through the Community Water Technology Agency, has started work on a GH¢15 million ultramodern water supply project for residents of Ejura in the Ejura-Sekyeredumase municipality of the Ashanti region.
The project, being financed by the Government of Ghana, with support from the German Bank, is aimed at supplying clean and portable water to over 41,000 people within the area.
It is also estimated to supply over 10,000 cubic metres of water daily to households, which forms part of government’s effort to improve access to potable water and sanitation in the area.
Speaking during a brief ceremony to commence work, the Ejurahene, Barima Osei Hwedie II, commended the President Akufo-Addo-led government for initiating more pro-poor policies to help the vulnerable in society.
He, particularly, lauded Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia for initiating the water supply project for communities in the Ejura-Sekyedumase municipality and constantly coming out with projects to help densely populated areas in the country.
“Communities in Ejura are very grateful to President Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia for supporting numerous developmental projects here. Their administration has touched virtually every sector of the economy. As far as Ejura residents are concerned, we will forever be indebted to their exceptional leadership,” he said.
Barimah Osei Hwedie II further disclosed that the existing water supply system at Ejura, which was constructed by residents 20 years ago, had not been operational due to a number of factors.
“This has made it difficult to access potable water. Due to many reasons as well as increase in population growth, the traditional council has teamed up with government to construct a befitting water supply system to meet water demands of Ejura township and its surrounding communities,” he revealed.
He gave the assurance that the Ejura Traditional Council would do its best to support the development of the area, and urged all and sundry to do their part in making the project a reality.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Ejura-Sekyedumase, Dr Kingsley Osei, disclosed that the project, when completed, will have an ultramodern office complex for managers of the facility, 51 kilometres of distribution and transmission pipelines, 40 standpipes, 12 mechanised boreholes, and a one high level tank.
He was optimistic that the project would improve the living standards of the people and promote good hygiene in the area. The MCE also admonished the beneficiaries to help guarantee the sustainability and protection of the infrastructure.