Ghana: Catholic Priest Hooks Five Aowin Communities With Potable Water

Five communities in the Aowin district in the western region are now enjoying potable water from five- hand dug wells with pumps valued at GH¢ 16,000.00 .

The beneficiary communities are Famanyame, Nyameyeadom, Wangara, Nyamedema and Nyamebekyere all in the Afodowa electoral area.

The project was initiated and completed by the parish priest of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, Very Rev. Father Joseph Kobina Otoo, to reduce the perennial water problem in the area.

Delivering a speech at the handing over ceremony, Rev. Fr. Otoo expressed gratitude to God Almighty, Nananom, stakeholders, the beneficiary communities, the Aowin District Assembly and for that matter the central government, but most especially Mr. Claus Ruff and his donors in Germany, who supported him during his training as priesthood.

This commissioning brings to 35 the number of hand-dug wells with pumps that Rev. Fr. Otoo has constructed after spending about three years at the newly created parish.

Rev. Fr. Otoo said even though he has more developmental projects to undertake, he considered the health of the people paramount because 'no good water, no good health'.

So far, more than 30 communities in two electoral areas, including Akontonbra Nkwanta and Afodowa have been hooked to the 'priestly waterworks' of Rev. Fr. Otoo.

The assembly member of Afodowa electoral area, Mr. Felix Amoah, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the electorate to Rev. Fr. Otoo. He said, even though there are almost five electoral areas in the parish of the Reverend Father, so far, more than 20 communities in Afodowa electoral area alone have benefited from the supply of potable drinking water.

Mr. Amoah advised the beneficially communities to inculcate the culture of maintenance in order to have the wells and pumps enjoy a long life span.

He also used the opportunity to appeal to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), philanthropists, cocoa buying companies and religious bodies to emulate Rev. Fr. Otoo's sterling example.

The Kuruntehene of Famanyame community, Nana Kwabena Acquah, thanked the Almighty God, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Otoo and his donors for aiding them to get potable water.

Nana Acquah said, over the decades, they had never enjoyed potable drinking water in the area. He appealed to the government to help reshape their roads, construct health posts, and build schools in their communities.

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