The Akyem Kotoku Mponua Gyasehene traditional area, Nana Kwesi Addo II has built and commissioned a modern mechanised borehole at Pankese in Birem North District in the Eastern Region to help mitigate the water challenge in the community.
The project commissioned at Akyem Pankese Awoyo would serve over 2,000 residents who used to rely on streams for water for their survival.
The project which was named after the late Queenmother of Mponuaman and Pankese, Nana Yaa Asantewaa I Water Project would be followed by series of similar projects in neighbouring communities facing similar water crisis according Nana Kwesi Addo II.
Speaking to Peace fm news, Nana Kwesi Addo indicated that the water project has become very necessary as government could not be overburden with provision of all social amenities across the country.
He said We cannot be over reliant on government, Members of Parliament or Assembly Members to help our subjects if we have the means as traditional authorities.
The Traditional Leader said the living water would be the lead project for at least over 20 of similar water projects to be established in other communities including “Anobra, Awobra, Benkrom, Adukrom, Kotiyeaboa, Twenyimnyansa, and Hwuayemobor” who have been experiencing similar challenges.
According to him the project which belongs to the community, responsibility to maintain the project also lied on the people, hence a fee of 10 pesewas would be charge at the site to fund maintenance of the project.
The project has a 10,000-litre water tank for water storage mounted on the water system with six pipes connected to it to service multiple residents at a time.
The Unit Committee Chairman of Pankese, Mr Mark Agyakoo expressed gratitude to the Chief, stressing that the project was timely and met the primary need of the community.
He said the lack of potable water in the community has been the burden of residents as it really affect academic activities among student in the community who after fetching water from a distance of two kilometres have to treck close to an hour to school in another town.
Mr Mark Agyakoo appealed to authorities, stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to build schools especially pre-schools to help improve academic activities of young people in the community and as well enhance safety of the school children.
Reporting for Heroesghnews from Eastern Region by Michael Akrofi, Despite media.