13th June 2024

The Government of Ghana (GoG) has secured an amount of €31million under the Aqua Africa water project to provide some rural communities with portable water. The project will construct 150-point sources and 12 small town water systems. About 588 rural communities and small towns in five regions will benefit from the project. The beneficiary regions are Volta, Oti, Ashanti and Eastern Regions.

A Daily Statesman source disclosed that eight communities in the Eastern Region will benefit from the project. They are Tease in the Kwahu Afram Plains south, Coaltar in Ayensuano, New Ajena in Asuogyaman and Anyinam Kotoku in the Birim South. Other beneficiary communities in the region are Akenkausu in the Achiase District, Akyem Manso No. 1 in Asene-Manso-Akroso, Asafo in Abuakwa South and Oframase in the Kwahu West.

Eight communities are also expected to benefit in the Ashanti Region. They are Esereso in the Bosomtwe District, Ntonso in Kwabre East, Kubease in Juaben, and Kunso in Ahafo Ano South West district. The rest are Pokukrom in the Ahafo Ano South East, Pakyi No. 2 in Amansie West, Bonwire in Ejisu District and Ahwiankwanta in the Bekwai Municipality.

In the Greater Accra Region, Aklaman, Abensu, Sansan, Kreamoman, Dome Sampaman and Deideiman all in the Ga West Municipality will benefit.

In the Volta and Oti regions, seven communities are expected to benefit. They are Dambai in the Krachi East Municipality, Banda and Chideri in Krachi Nchumuru, Brewaniase in the Nkwanta South Municipality, Katanga in the Krachi East Municipality and Kete Kraci in the Krachi West District.

Other beneficiaries

Other cluster communities are also expected to benefit from the project. For example in the Eastern Region, Kraboa, Kraboakese, La Mangoase, Kwametakyi, Siabotare, Amfaso, Yawtakyikro, Okotokrom and Kwadwo Agyaregkrom will together have one project. Gyakiti, Adumasa, Anyaase and Oglobo will also have one project. Other Clusters are Maase and Ado Nkwanta. The rest are Aitibie Amanfrom, Mpraeso Amamfrom, Kwahu Nsaba, Nkawanda No. 1 and 2, Jejeti, New Jejeti, Abentensu and Kwahu Jejeti will also benefit from the project.

In the Ashanti Region, Feyiase, Aputuogya, Adagya, Abuontem, Sawua and Jachie will benefit from one. Asonomaso, Aboaso, Bampenase and Krobo Adesina will all also benefit as one. New Koforidua, Nobewam, Hwereso and Duampompo will benefit as one cluster.

Other clusters are Bonkwanso NO.1, Kunso Dotiem, Dunyan Nkwanta, Barniekrom, Boatengkrom, Bonkwanso No.2. Pakyi No.1 and Dominase will also be one cluster with Adanwomase and Bamang as one.

The rest are Ofoaso Kokoben, Adjemasu, Dominase and Huntaado also as one.

In the Greater Accra Region, Three Junction, Obeyeyie, Ayikai Doblo and Okushibiade will be one cluster. Manchie, Sansan Odumase and Sansan Kenya will also be one. Others are Achiaman, Doblo Gonno, and Kwashiekuma. The rest are Mayera and Katapor.

In the Volta and Oti Regions, Kparekpare, Kwame Akura, Yabrama, Tabayi, Pompei, Yanga and Tamanigya will benefit as one cluster. The rest are Gyengye, Abajoro, Brewiase, Bator and other small couminities as one cluster with Asukawkaw also as a beneficiary.

 

Additional Financing

Meanwhile, as part of the Additional Financing-Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project (AF-SRWSP) government is constructing 23 small town water systems in 11 regions. The project was originally designed for six regions. However, the creation of new regions has increased the number of beneficiary regions to 11. The US$45.7 million project will now benefit the Northern, Upper East and West, Bono, Central and Western Regions. Other regions are North East, Savannah, Bono East, Ahafo and Western North Regions.

Water supply systems are being constructed at Bronsanko, Asiri, Jankufa, Prang, and Dotobaa in the Bono, Bono East and the Ahafo Regions.

In addition, water supply systems are also being constructed at Walewale, Gambaga, Nalerigu, Gushiegu, Saboba and Chereponi towns within the Northern, North East and the Savvannah Regions.

Rehabilitation of the Lambusie, Hamile/Happa water systems in the Upper West region is ongoing. In addition, 250 No. Boreholes are being constructed in Daffiam – Bussie, Lawra, Sissala West, Nandom and Jirapa with rehabilitation works expected to serve a population of 7848 people in Lambusie and a total of 13,920 people in Hamile and Happa.

Drilling of 30 no. boreholes for the development of seven no. systems in fluoride prone communities in Bongo in the Upper East region is also on-going.

Asempaneye and Oseikojokrom Water systems in the Western and Western North regions are also being constructed.

In the Central Region, communities within the saline belt are being connected to Ghana Water Company limited pipelines. Beneficiary communities include Essakyir, Mando, Abaasa, Obonster, Essiam, Gomoa Enyiresi, Anomasa, Ayelda, Bontrase, papase and Agona Nkum.

A total of 84 communities are expected to benefit from the project.

 

Inspection

A joint Government/World Bank implementation support mission (ISM) for the AF-SRWSP was carried out from September 30 to October 11 2019. The mission was to review implementation status of all components of the projects, initiate discussion and preparation for Implementation Completion and Result Report (ICR) for smooth closing of the projects and to meet with officials of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to follow up on the dialogue concerning sector institutional review, investment priorities and continuation of Bank’s support to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH).

The Mission visited project sites and met with respective district and municipal officers as well as held regional discussions.

 

Execution and payment

As part of the project, report suggests that as at October 2019, the average execution works in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions was above 90 per cent while the unpaid contract amount balance was about 22 per cent.

In the Central Region, except one contract with less than 60 per cent completion, the remaining 12 contracts were in the range of 63 per cent and 98 per cent.

In the Northern Region, some contract completions were as low as 27 per cent and 30 per cent with the highest accomplishment of 85 per cent. More than half of the projects were yet to be utilised as at the time.

In the Upper West region, more than 80 per cent of the rehabilitation work in Lambusie and Hamile/Happa system was completed while the progress in the drilling of 250 boreholes in all the six districts were on critical path with 196 boreholes drilled and pump tested. About US$4.6 million (40 per cent) of the contract amount was yet to be utilized while 30 no. boreholes for design of seven no systems which started late were achieving 71 per cent.

In the Western Region, 80.50 per cent of the outstanding works on Asempaneye and Oseikojokrom systems was completed while 67 per cent of the contract amount was invoiced.

Source: Daily Statesman

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