Cabinet has approved a $US30 million dollar water supply expansion project for the people of Yendi in the Northern Region.
This follows the successful implementation of the road-map to peace in the area.
The Minister of information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who made this known at a press conference in Accra on Thursday said the project will be financed through a credit facility agreement between the Government of Ghana and the Indian Exim Bank.
He said the project, which is expected to be completed in 30 months, will take its raw water from River Daka, and will serve about 133,000 people in the Yendi Municipality and other surrounding towns and villages.
He said the project has become necessary because the current water treatment facility which was built in 1961 could no longer meet demands of the growing population.
“As a result of the population and economic growth in the Yendi Municipality, it has become necessary to expand the existing water supply system to meet the demands of beneficiary towns and communities” he said.
Mr Nkrumah said the expansion of the water supply system is also in line with government’s policy to ensure that by 2030 all people living in Ghana have potable water.
“Government is delighted about this project because the Yendi Municipality among other things contributes to the Agric sector through the production of food and cash crops in large scale and the presence of iron ore deposits in the catchment area. The supply of potable water would therefore be an impetus to increase production and boost the mining potential.
“It is our expectation as a government that the current peaceful air blowing in Yendi after the successful road-map will help speed up the implementation of this project for citizens in the area” he stated.