Amenfiman Rural Bank Limited has provided potable water to six communities at Wasa Akropong, in the Wasa Amenfi East Municipality of the Western Region which is expected to end the perennial water challenges that have existed for years.
Residents of Adamanso New Site, one of the six beneficiary communities, say the situation often compelled them to cross the main Bogoso-Ayanfuri highway in search of water. This, they, however, complained sometimes resulted in some the people including school children getting knocked down by vehicles that ply the route.
With the commissioning and handing over of a mechanized water facility for the Community now, they contend that it will contribute to improving the health and sanitary conditions within the area.
The Headmaster of Adamanso M/A Junior High School, Mr. Stephen K. Ocran, remarked that the School now heaves a loud sigh of relief after battling with water challenges for many years in the past, affecting teaching and learning, but this huge support from the bank has now come to enhance teaching and learning.
The development is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, “Clean Water and Sanitation,” one of the 17 SDG’s established by the UN in 2015, which calls for ensuring availability and sustainable management of potable water and sanitation for all.
According to the Bank, it forms part of its corporate social responsibility which focuses on five critical areas including education, health, water and sanitation, sports and recreation and culture among others.
The water projects, which communities like Nsuoponu, Boakyekrom, Brepro, Egyafo and Nusaem No. 2 also benefitted was undertaken by the Amenfiman Rural Bank at a total cost of GH₵183,000. This includes four mechanized boreholes with mounted poly-tanks and two manual boreholes.
The Chief Executive of the Amenfiman, Dr. Alex Kojo Asmah, has reiterated that the Bank prioritizes the welfare of its shareholders and the people in the communities in which they operate hence their pursuit of these community investment projects and social responsibility actions.
He reckoned that access to clean, safe and drinkable water is not only a challenge to urban dwellers but those in the rural parts of the country, particularly the ones whose livelihoods have been affected by ‘galamsey’ activities.
He said this concern moved the bank to undertake the water project, which is expected to be extended to eight other communities in the Municipality as well, in phase two of the water projects initiative.
Dr. Asmah, who was speaking at a brief but colorful ceremony to hand over the projects to the six communities, stated that what the bank has done is a complete ‘life restoration’ gesture to the communities. “This is given that its impact covers health, sanitation, education among others, he observed”
In addition to these projects, he disclosed that Amenfiman Rural Bank is also doing a number of other projects including the construction of a university for the people of Wasa Amenfi. The Bank in collaboration with the Wasa Amenfi Traditional Council has already acquired a 459-acre plot of land for this project.
He said, “the process is underway to launch the academic year beginning next year. The Bank is committing 10 percent of its profit every year until the project is completed.”
The Municipal Chief Executive of Wasa Amenfi East Municipal Assembly, Helena Ama Appiah, entreated the beneficiary communities to manage the project well, looking at all the money invested in the project.
The Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Moses Ampong, said the Board of Directors are committed to ensuring that as the Bank grows, some of its profits must be plowed back to the communities in the catchment areas.
This is being realized with the numerous projects including the rehabilitation of educational structures, construction of community clinics, provision of street lights among others for the people.