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Ten communities in Wa East to benefit World Bank SRWS project

By: Philip Tengzu

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A total of ten communities in the Wa East District in the Upper West Region will receive support under the World Bank Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project to construct household latrines, the Wa East District Chief Executive, Mr. Moses Jotie has said.

He said about 80 per cent of the latrines had been completed and some of them put into use in the communities, which included Sagu, Kpaanamona, Dolisa and Kaleo-Bile among others, as part of efforts to enhance the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme in the district.

Mr. Jotie stated this on Tuesday in his sessional address during the third Ordinary Meeting of the assembly in Funsi in accordance with section 28, (1) and (2) of the Local Governance Act of 2016, Act 936.

He explained that as part of efforts of the government to ensure access to good water and improved sanitation in the district, some communities in the district had been roped unto the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) pilot programme on enhancing its participation in water delivery.

He was also optimistic that the Funsi Small Town Water System would also be captured under the CWSA project to help augment the capacity of the current system and to reduce the challenges involved in accessing portable water in the area.

Mr. Jotie added that the district had drilled six boreholes in some communities in the district under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) in the district while plans were advanced to drill three additional boreholes in Balekpong, Konyebang, Kallahi and Bayiri.

On health, the DCE noted that the assembly was committed to providing the needed facilities to promote healthcare delivery in the district including connecting some health facilities to the national grid.

“It is important to state that as an assembly it is our commitment to bring healthcare to the door step of the people.

It is in this light that a contract has been awarded to extent electricity to three CHIPs compounds located at Konyebang, Teenebe and Kpalwogo as indicated in the last sessional address”, Mr. Jotie stated.

Touching on the logging of rosewood trees in the district, he explained that enforcing the ban on the logging of the rosewood trees had been faced with serious challenges.

He thus urged the traditional authorities as well as other stakeholders to enforce the ban on logging of those trees at the district level while they awaited a ban at the national level.

In a presentation on his behalf, the Upper West Regional Manager of Feeder Roads, Mr. Justice Kwarteng explained that 8km Funsi town roads and 20.10km Manwe-Danyuakura feeder road in the Wa East District had been earmarked to benefit from the Syno Hydro project.

He explained that out of a total of 472KM road network in the district, 178km had been engineered, 180 partly engineered while 124km was un-engineered.

He noted that there were several road projects ongoing in the district, including the rehabilitation of the Gono-Bayiri-Jimpensi 18.50km feeder road and surfacing of Guono-Kataah-Issah 24.5km feeder road among others.

The assembly also awarded the out gone Wa East District Police Commander, DSP Eric Anaaba for his tremendous efforts to in ensuring that peace prevailed in the district in spite of the minor security challenges.

DSP Anaaba joined the Police Service in 1995, posted to the Wa East District in August 2012 and was transferred to the Ashante Region in September 2018.

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