The Parish Priest of New Edubiase ST.John The Baptist Parish in Ashanti region, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Tabi has build 10 pipe born water boreholes valued at GHC176,198 for 10 communities in its Ashanti region.
The beneficiary communities are Daden Kyekyewere,Apitis, Tweapiase, Kentenkyire, Obuose Council quarters, Aponyase,New Edubiase community, New Edubiase SHS, Sanso, and Afrancho all in the Ashanti region.
Commissioning the facility at the weekend at Afrancho in the Atwima Kwanwoma District in the Ashanti region, Rev.Fr Lawrence Tabi, said he is following the foot steps of Jesus Christ by attending to the social needs of the people.
According to him, people could not assimilate the word of God on empty stomachs and so he as man of God could only effectively win more souls for Christ when he gave critical attention to the needs of the people, especially the poor.
He indicated that, it was based on this conviction that he decided to provide the pipe to the communities to provide potable water for them because it was one of their pressing needs.
He said the facility was made possible through the support of some donor partners and commended them for their support towards the provision of the facility.
He entreated the beneficiaries to take good care of the boreholes by ensuring that they were periodically maintained to pro-long their lifespan.
Rev. Fr. Lawrence Tabi said his outfit through its Project, sought to provide potable water for the deprived communities that were hit by chronic shortage of water and had to travel long distances to get good water.
He said his outfit had formed hygiene volunteers and provided capacity building on hygiene issues for them and also organised pumping maintenance committee to maintain the pumps on regular basis.
He challenged the District Assemblies to provide sanitary facilities for the communities since they were facing serious problems with sanitation forcing a lot of people to defecate in the open.
The Queen-mother of Afrancho Nana yaa Agyiwaa who thanked the Parish Priest for the facility, explained that for the past 30 years the community had had no source of drinking water and had depended on streams which dry up early in the dry season forcing women to travel far for water.
The Assembly member of the area, Hon Matthew Sarpong however, appealed to the District Assembly to provide health center for the area to enable the his people to have access to quality health care delivery as they had to commute about four to eight kilometres to attend health care.
The community members District also commended the Rev Fr. for the facility and said it would help reduce the burden of the Assembly.
They assured the provider that they would do everything possible to support and maintain the boreholes and that it would mechanise some of them to help the people to go into dry season farming.
BY; AKWADAA NYAME
– AY OFFYCIAL NEWS