THE Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, Mr Alexander Asum-Ahensan has inaugurated two mechanised boreholes valued at GH¢30,000 to supply potable water to Sampa, capital of the Jaman North District in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The boreholes were financed by Blossom Export Ghana Limited, a cashew exporting company based at Sampa, while the Sampa Water and Sanitation Board and the district assembly bore the cost of the laying of pipelines and the electricity connection to the water system.
With the construction of the boreholes, the perennial water shortage in the area has been solved.
The project would also prevent the people in the predominantly farming community from contracting water borne diseases such as guinea worm.
In his inaugural address at Sampa, Mr Asum-Ahesan, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, commended the company for the project.
He said the company had demonstrated what private-public partnership could achieve.
The minister, therefore, urged other companies operating in the district to emulate the example by providing communities within their catchment areas with social amenities to enhance the standard of living.
Mr Asum-Ahensan appealed to the people to take proper care of the facilities, adding that the Community Water and Sanitation Board, which would be operating them to observe maintenance culture in order to lengthen their lifespan.
The regent of Sampa, Nana Siey Kwame, on behalf of the chiefs and people thanked the company for proving the facilities.
He reiterated the call on other exporting companies operating in the town to follow the example of the company by using part of their profits to finance projects beneficial to the people since that formed part of their social responsibility.
The Managing Director of Blossom Export Ghana Limited, Mr Rasamy Karuppiah, said the company decided to provide the people of Sampa with the water system to solve the acute water shortage in the area.
He said apart from the water project, the company had plans to institute a scholarship scheme for brilliant, needy students as their contribution towards the human resource development of the area.
Mr Karuppiah disclosed that the company had acquired 16 acres of land at the Free Zones enclave at Techiman to set up a cashew processing factory.