Asekyerewa, a farming community in the Sekyere Kumawu District of Ashanti, has been provided with a GH¢26,000.00 mechanized borehole facility.
The facility, which has come to ease the pressure on the two borehole facilities serving the whole community, was donated by Mr Kwame Appiah-Kubi, a native.
Speaking at a ceremony at Asekyerewa to commission the facility over the weekend, he said having grown up and schooled in the community, he felt obliged to give back to the community as his contribution towards meeting some of their development needs.
The occasion brought together chiefs and elders of the traditional area, the District Chief Executive (DCE), the assembly member and community members.
Mr. Samuel Addai Agyekum, the DCE commended the philanthropist for the gesture and urged the community to have a committee which would put measures in place to ensure proper maintenance and sustainability of the facility.
He also urged other citizens of the various communities to emulate the philanthropic example of the donor, since the government alone could not address the needs of the citizens especially in the attainment of the SDGs.
Mr Francis Boateng, assembly member for the area, gave high marks to Appiah-Kubi for the support to the community, adding that, the facility had come at an opportune moment to boost water supply in the area.
‘‘It has solved forty percent of our water challenges since the whole community currently source water from the wells and the two hand-pump boreholes for drinking and other household purposes’’, he noted.
He said the facility would be managed on a pay-as-you-fetch basis at a very affordable price in order to generate enough revenue for maintenance and sustenance of the facility.
Nana Owusu Bempah, the Abusuapanin of the Asekyerewa Traditional Area, also praised the Philanthropist for the gesture.
He called on the government and other non-state actors to support the community in similar areas especially, water facilities to sister communities who might have difficulty in commuting to patronize the facility due to long distance.