The Rotary Club International, Ho in collaboration with the South Tongu Constituency Member of Parliament Hon. Kobena Mensah Woyome have commissioned a new hand pump fitted borehole for the people of Hikpo-Badzikope in the Hikpo-Agbagorme Electoral Area in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region.
The Twenty-five Thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢25,000) worth project which started in February 2022 was commissioned and handed over to the community at a short ceremony held on Friday, 29th April, 2022 at Hikpo-Badzikope.
Speaking at the event, the President of the Rotary Club International, Ho Mr. Eric Dzidedi Botey said, Rotary Club is a global network of business and professional individuals with the main purpose of touching lives through their life-impacting selfless projects; one of which has been commissioned at Badzikope.
According to him, the Rotary can be found in over 200 countries with over 40,000 clubs in the world, with about 64 clubs in Ghana and the Rotary of Ho was the only club in the Volta Region from 1985 until 2016 when it chattered its first club in Hohoe and then the second in 2018 at Aflao.
Mr. Eric Dzidedi Botey said, as part of their guided principles and values amongst which include integrity, dignity, service, leadership and fellowship, they responded to proposal from the Volta Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr. James Gunu to construct a borehole for Badzikope.
The project according to them was lobbied by Mr. James Gunu with support from the South Tongu Constituency Member of Parliament Hon. Kobena Mensah Woyome.
He added that, Mr. James Gunu’s relationship with the Rotary and Hon. Kobena Mensah Woyome’s collaboration made them get the work done on time.
The president, after handing over the hand pump fitted borehole, appealed to the community members to take good use of the borehole.
The Project Director, Mr. Rotarian Christoph Afenyo speaking at the event also called on the community leadership to form water and sanitation committee for proper and effective maintenance of the water for longer use.
He also appealed to them to ensure that, people pay some token for fetching the water towards its maintenance, saying water is life and sustainability is key.
He admonished the South Tongu District Assembly to ensure effective monitoring and oversight responsibility over the project.
The Member of Parliament Hon. Kobena Mensah Woyome who was fully involved in the project has expressed his appreciation to Mr. James Gunu, Rotary Club, Ho for engaging him from the beginning until the successful completion of the project.
Mr. Woyome explained that, water crisis in South Tongu is a major challenge despite the Volta Lake is near them.
According to him, the NDC government has constructed more boreholes in South Tongu but, most of them were abandoned due to high salinity rendering the water hard for use.
He has therefore promised to support Rotary Club International to purchase Reverse Osmosis Machine to extract salt from the newly constructed borehole water should the water turns salty, as he did in the case of the Sogakope District Hospital, where he purchased Reverse Osmosis Machine for the treatment of saline/salty water at the District Hospital for use.
South Tongu MP Hon. Kobena Mensah Woyome collaborates with Rotary Club to commission new borehole at Hikpo Badzikope
The Lawmaker also expressed worry over the New Patriotic Party government, saying, major water project to expand Agordome water treatment plant to meet the need of the ever growing population of it catchment areas got stalled by the current government even though some little work is current going on at Agordome.
He used the opportunity to call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to expedite processes to ensure completion of the South Tongu/Keta water expansion project at Agordome in the South Tongu District.
Mr. James Gunu has expressed his gratitude to Rotary Club for extending support to the community. According to him, his childhood experiences in the Badzikope community, where they struggled to fetch water from a distanced dugout made him linked up with the MP to engage Rotary Club for the project.
The community members including Mr. Seth, and the Assembly Member for the Hikpo-Agbagorme Electoral Area Mr. Cobby Johnson Amedzo were thankful to the MP, Mr. James Gunu, Rotary Club and others for the extension of potable drinking water to the community.
They added that, the construction of the borehole came at the right time, because, the community constructed a dugout as a community water which they share with animals.
The Rotary Club International also work in all areas of human needs including; Peace and Conflict Resolution, Child and Maternal Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, Environmental Sustainability, Disease Prevention and Treatment and Water and Sanitation