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Wa Gets $55.5 Million Water Project

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The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday commissioned a $55.5 million Water Project at Jambusie, near Wa, in the Upper West Region.

The project, which was constructed with a facility from the Korean Exim Bank, will supply 3.3 million gallons of water per day to the 100,705 residents of Wa and its environs.

Commissioning the Project at the commencement of his 2-day tour of the region, President Akufo-Addo said it was a very happy day for him, especially as the project was started at the time of the great Ghanaian leader, John Agyekum Kufuor.

He recalled that it was in his (President Kufuor’s) time that the financing for this project was secured in 2008, and lamented that actual construction works began five long years later.

“God has his own way of doing things. A project that was begun by Kufuor is going to be commissioned by Akufo-Addo. That is the way the Almighty works”, he said.

Assuring residents of the region, and by extension the entire Ghanaian populace of more water projects, President Akufo-Addo noted that there are more projects in the pipeline, of which the Wa Water Project is one.

He stressed that his government would pursue the ‘Water For All’ agenda as contained in the 2016 Manifesto of the New Patriotic Party.

“We are determined to realise all the commitments that we made to the people of Ghana before they gave us their vote. This is because we want the people of Ghana to understand that not all politicians are liars, and that not all politicians make promises just to get the vote. But there are some who make promises and commitments because they know that if you give them the chance, they can do it,” he said.

Making reference to the Free Senior High School Policy, President Akufo-Addo said: “They told me I couldn’t do the Free SHS, and that I was lying to the people of Ghana, and that it was an election gimmick. Well, the gimmick is out today. We can all see the gimmick.”

The President conveyed the gratitude of government and the people of the Upper West Region to the Korean government for the assistance given for the completion of the project.

“We would wish that we could do these things with our own money, but for the time being, we are still having to depend on our friends for their support. Korea is one of our best friends, and is one of the friends that we would want to continue to have excellent relationships with.

For myself, personally, I am inspired by the development of Korea from how they came out from conditions just like ourselves, and are today one of the leading economies of the world. They have done a great job that we want to duplicate in Ghana”, he said.

President Akufo-Addo urged residents of Wa to take good care of the facility.

“Turn off the taps [when not in use], continue to conserve water, and settle the little bills that would come, so that the project would continue to run and provide you with the service.”

Source: The Publisher

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