Mechanised borehole for Kyiritwedee
The project, a gift to the Kyiritwedee community which serves as one of its operational areas, was financed by First Allied Savings and Loans Limited.
Residents who spoke to the Daily Graphic at the function said an old tap provided at a central point in the community flowed once in three months and therefore residents were compelled to walk long distances to fetch water for use.
Others also purchased water from tanker drivers at high cost.This situation, they said, had a toll on their finances and their health.
They, therefore, expressed their gratitude to First Allied for the gesture and said it would go a long way to relieve them of their suffering in search of water.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Mr Batara Vuu, the Marketing and Business Development Manager of First Allied, said the company would continue to ensure that their operations were mutually beneficial to all stakeholders in their operational areas.
Aside the provision of water for the people of Kyiritwedee, he said First Allied, through its "Operation Happy Child" had distributed educational materials to over 17,000 pupils in all its operational areas across the country .
Mr Vuu expressed the hope that the facility would serve residents of the community and generations yet to come.
The Gyaasehene of Berekum Traditional Area, Nana Okofo Dartey II, on behalf of the residents, thanked First Allied for the gesture and pledged that they would take good care of the facility to prolong its lifespan.
Consequently, he said, a committee would be set up to manage the water facility to generate funds from the sale of water at a very reduced price for its maintenance and also use part of the proceeds to support the education of needy students in the community.
The Berekum branch manager of First Allied, Madam Patricia Adusei, said the company was in its third year of operation in Berekum and would continue to share its profit with the people of Berekum to enhance their standard of living through its corporate social responsibility and pledged that the provision of water would not be the last.
The Municipal Chief Executive ( MCE) for Berekum, Mr Stephen Lord Oppong, commended First Allied for meeting an important need in the community and urged other corporate organisations to emulate the example of the company by complementing the efforts of the government to improve the living conditions of the people.