As part of measures to expand rural electricity infrastructure, 32 communities in the Ofoase Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region have benefited from an electric extension programme.
Some of the beneficiary communities include Betenase, Bokor, Arkoh, Nkansah No.1, Amponsah, Sukuran, Pantinpa and Krofom. The rest are Yaw Nkran, Paawudu, Ayeboafo No.1 and 2, Wawase, Nii Quaye and Boatemaa among others.
The Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency, who is also the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah led a team made up of the District Chief Executive of Akyemansa, Paul Asamoah, NPP executives in the Constituency as well as officials of the Electricity Company of Ghana to inaugurate the projects in the communities.
The ECG officials educated the people in the communities about the use of electricity and how to avoid high cost of power.
Mr Nkrumah told journalists that the provision of electricity to these communities was in fulfilment of his campaign promise in the 2016 general elections.
“Our President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is fulfilling his campaign promises to the good people of Ghana and that is exactly what we are also doing here in the Constituency. We promised to help these communities get electricity during our last election campaign and that promise has been fulfilled in two years,” he said.
Mr Nkrumah expressed excitement about the achievement, since, according to him, it was going to bring growth and development to the beneficiary communities.
He said: “Schoolchildren can now study at night and pass their exams; mothers, wives and market women can now use electricity to preserve their foodstuffs and grow their businesses”.
“We are not done with the projects”, Mr Nkrumah added, explaining that: “Many of these communities have other requests including the provision of potable water, good roads and toilet facilities”, and “We will ensure these projects become a reality in the coming years.”
At Betenase, the Mmbrantiehene, Nana Kofi Addo, who spoke on behalf of the chiefs, praised the MP and the Akufo-Addo government for providing electricity to the town and pledged to ensure the people in his town do not abuse it.
“We’ll use the electricity for income generating activities to improve our living standards and contribute towards national development,” he said.
Nana Kofi Addo appealed to the government to set up computer laboratories in schools, following the provision of electricity to enable the students to perform well in their ICT examination.
The Ofoase Ayirebi legislator also inaugurated a new market facility for the chiefs and people of Otabil, a farming community in the Constituency, and inspected work on the Akokoaso health facility, which is almost 90 per cent complete.