The MTN Ghana Foundation and Plan Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization, have extended water to Kpeve-Tornu in the South-Dayi District at a total cost of GH? 95,590.95.

MTN contributed GH? 55,590.95 while Plan Ghana provided the remaining GH? 40,000.00. The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) did the supervisory work of the job.

Kpeve-Tornu, with a population of 1,416, is situated at the periphery of the Kpeve Water Head Works, inaugurated in 1992, from where Ho and Peki get water, but has no potable water.

However, an electronic media documentary on the settlement some three years ago caught the attention of MTN, leading to the extension of water to the community.

Mr Malcolm Fraizier Appeadu, Portfolio Advisor-Economic Empowerment, MTN Foundation, speaking at the commissioning on Friday, said MTN’s contribution is to ?support the national efforts of meeting the Millennium Development Goals on health and sanitation?.

He said: “MTN is a socially sensitive network that is committed to the needs of communities in which it operates?.

Mr Appeadu said a total of Ghc 9 million cedis had so far been spent by the company on various development projects across the country and that from 2012 to date alone, about nine health and education projects have been commissioned for use by nine communities.

He said to ensure that the problems of water and sanitation were addressed in a sustainable manner, MTN Ghana Foundation in 2010 also drilled 20 boreholes for 20 communities in the country to provide water to over 20, 000 people.

Mr Eric Ayabe, Volta Programme Unit Manager of Plan Ghana, said his organization was touched by the situation where almost all dwellers in the Kpeve-Tornu Community had bilharzia because of the lack of potable water.

He said Plan Ghana and MTN shared common visions of helping the disadvantaged in society and that his organization was undertaking other social support works in Kpeve-Tornu.

Mr Emmanuel Johnson, Volta Regional Engineer of the GWCL, told the Ghana News Agency that the GWCL had the option of a ?package plant, mini-processing facility, and direct connection.

He said the company chose to lay pipelines 3.5 kilometers from the Kpeve Head Pumps direct to the community to make technical management of the system easier.

Mr Emmanuel Amedede, a retired educationist, who presided, called on the Management of MTN to extend its network to the community.

GNA

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