Upper Bobikuma (C/R), May 22, GNA - Mrs Cynthia Mamle Morrison, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection has commissioned boreholes for three communities in the Agona West Constituency to provide potable water for the residents.
The beneficiary communities are Agona Otsenkorang, Upper Bobikuma and Samuel Village.
The mechanized boreholes were financed by an organization based in Kuwait, Direct Aid Society Ghana, while the Agona West Municipal Assembly and Chiefs provided the land for the projects.
The Minister who is also the MP for Agona West Constituency, was accompanied by Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and officials from the organisation.
Addressing some chiefs and people, Mrs Morrison said the boreholes formed part of the directives given by President Nana Addo DankwaAkufo-Addo to make water available for all Ghanaians especially during this difficult era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the MP, additional boreholes would be provided at newly developed communities in the Agona Swedru Township where Ghana Water Company had not been able to provide potable water.
Mrs Morrison advised the residents to observe social distancing and also avoid social gatherings which was a recipe for contracting COVID-19.
The MP said education has been intensified at Agona West where some COVID-19 cases have been recorded to stem it from spreading and urged the chiefs, Assembly members, Unit Committee members and opinion leaders to continue to educate the people on the dreadful disease.
The Minister said that relief items have been given to residents of communities where COVID-19 had been recorded to mitigate their plight.
She urged the residents of the Area to cope with current situation and respect the directives of the President and the Ghana Health Service because the COVID-19 Pandemic has brought untold hardship to people all over the world including Ghana.
The Minister and her entourage also distributed food items to inhabitants of Obronikrom, near Agona Nyakrom to support them amid COVID-19 pandemic.
She appealed to Ghanaians not to joke with the virus since it was real and urged those doubting it to stop and practice the protocols to reduce the spread.
The Minister and Agona West MCE inspected works on a six-unit classroom block at Agona Bosompa abandoned six years ago of which the chiefs appealed to the Minister to help complete it.
The Minister said money has been released for that purpose and tasked the contractor to speed up work for the early completion of the Project.
Mrs Morrison pledged to provide the school with a borehole to help the children to get potable water.
Nana Kojo Gyesi I, Chief of Agona Bosompa praised the Minister for the release of funds to the contractor for continuation of the classroom project.
The Chief appealed to the Minister and MCE to intervene as a resident was encroaching on the school land.
Abusuapanyin Kwame Osam of Agona Otsenkorang thanked the MP and the MCE for the provision of the borehole to the communities which was timely to prevent the COVID-19 spread as people must regularly wash their hands.
He appealed to the Minister to use her good offices to have the road from Agona Nyakrom to Otsenkorang constructed to aid easy transportation of goods and services.
He said the road construction which started 15 years ago under the Ghana Cocoa Board road project during former President J. A. Kuffuor’s regime but was abandoned, making it impossible for the evacuation of cocoa and food crops from the area.