Mr Woon-Ki Ryu, the South Korean Ambassador in Ghana, has said bilateral relations between his country and Ghana would continue to grow.wpid-dollars.jpg

He said the Korean government was willing to partner with the Ghana government to develop the country.

Mr Ryu said this at the inauguration of a mechanised water project, which is part of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project, for Krachi West, Krachi East and Krachi-Nchumuru districts at Grubi in the Krachi-Nchumuru District.

It cost $4 million and was under the auspices of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), World Vision (WV-Ghana) and the three district assemblies.

It involved drilling of 72 new boreholes, construction of three limited mechanised systems and 12 standpipes, the rehabilitation of 83 boreholes and the construction of 87 KVIP latrines.

Mr Ryu said the main objective was to improve the overall living standards of the people in the three districts through the provision of potable water, sanitation amenities and capacity building for the sustainability of facilities and services.

He said the project would eliminate the incidence of high water-borne diseases prevalent in the area and redirect the time women and children deploy in the search of water for domestic use into other productive ventures.

Mr Hubert Charles, Director of WV-Ghana, said his outfit would continue to improve the socio-economic life of more than 1.3 million people in over 1,000 communities and 150 schools and clinics throughout the country.

About $60 million was spent on access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects from 1985 to 2010.

He said 969 committee members from 121 water and sanitation (WATSAN) teams were trained on operation and maintenance with additional 1,000 people from 243 school health management committees in 14 circuits benefiting from good health, school planning and proper food health.

Mr Charles said school children in 68 basic and junior high schools gained from training in hygiene and sanitation practices as well as distribution of hand-washing facilities, behaviour change and communication materials.

Mr Solomon Kuyon, the District Chief Executive of Krachi-Nchumuru, spoke on behalf of beneficiary districts and commended KOICA and WV-Ghana and the governments of Korea and Ghana for complementing each other for the realisation of the project.

Nana Mprah Besemuna, Krachiwura and President of Krachi Traditional Council, said sanitation, water and community empowerment are three crucial pillars in development at the grassroots level and these facilities would promote rapid growth.

GNA

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