The Newmont Akyem Project in the Birem North District has constructed a GHc511,000 small town water system for the old Abirem community to provide adequate potable water to the people as part of it?s corporate social responsibility.

The water system consists of a mechanized bore-hole and a pump house with a 60m square storage capacity tank and laying of 1,400m transmission pipe lines to supply the community.

Newmont also provided the water system management team (WSMT) with an office, a fire hydrant and the installation of a 50KVA electricity transformer.

In his inaugural address at the interim handing over of the project, the External Affairs Manager of Newmont Akyem Project, Mr. Felix Apoh said, in November last year, Newmont Akyem project handed over similar projects to serve the New Abirem Afosu, Mamaso and Ntronang communities at a cost of GH13.5 million while that of Adansena/ Hweakwae are under construction.

He appealed to all stakeholders and the management of the water system to ensure effective management and maintenance to guarantee the long term use of the facility.

Mr Apoh said, the mining company was working with other stakeholders and partners to identify and address key challenges and impact, related to population influx that may be experienced in the project communities.

He noted that, as part of the influx management program, the company was spending six million dollars in executing various projects in the areas of health, water, sanitation and security in the affected communities.

The Director of the Project Consultant, Hollics Consult limited, Mr Isaac Nkrumah, advised the Community Water Management Board to ensure effective collection of revenue to rehabilitate the mechanized bore-hole and pipe lines.

The chief of New Abirem, Nana Kwasi Amo Kyeretwie 1, commended Newmont Akyem Project for completing the project on schedule and improving water supply to the people.

He advised members of the Community Water Management Board to ensure proper accountability and proper keeping of all the water revenue for rehabilitation and maintenance of the project.

The Abiremhene appealed to Newmont to set up a skilled training centre to train the youth to acquire the requisite training to gain employment at the various sectors of the economy as Newmont could not employ all the youth in the area.

Source: GNA


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