A 10-year-old abandoned water facility that served 7,000 residents and chiefs of Ekye-Amanfrom in the Kwahu Afram Plains South district of the Eastern Region has been rehabilitated by Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited. The water facility had been abandoned due to its salty nature, and was constructed by the Millennium Development Authority [MiDA] 10 years ago.
The rehabilitated water facility derives its source of water from the Afram River via submersible pumps and pipes which have been extended 750 metres into the river from the shore. Raw water is channeled through treatment plants before it is pumped into storage tanks to be accessed by the people.
The facility is expected to provide safe drinking water to over 7,000 residents who were previously relying on raw water from the Afram River for their water supply needs.
Speaking at a short ceremony to inaugurate the facility, Commercial Director of Afriwave Telecom, Henry Searyoh, stated that the “kind gesture to the Ekye-Amafrom community was due to publications by the Ghanaian Times and GhanaWeb last year”.
Mr. Searyoh further indicated that: “Afriwave Telecom is a locally-owned organisation that has its people at heart, and therefore considered it proper to rise to the call of providing potable water for the people of EKye-Amanfrom. Aside from conducting its core business of interconnecting and providing innovative mobile service solutions to all networks, it also invests in the communities where it operates”.
He added that providing water to Ekye-Amanfrom community is a key ingredient in the fight against COVID-19, which the government of Ghana is doing its best to stop its spread.
He however charged chiefs and people of the community to work on ensuring that the modernised water system is properly maintained.
The Chiefs and Assembly Members of Ekye-Amanfrom couldn’t hide their excitement and thanked Afriwave for their kind gesture, and assuring them that they will do their ultimate best to safeguard and maintain the rehabilitated water facility.
For his part, the Chief Executive Officer [CEO]of Afriwave, Francis Poku said: “The revamped water facility will allow the community access to clean drinking water, which will tend to impact the health and sanitation of thousands who desperately need it”.
Mr. Poku however noted that their outfit also supports education and youth in ICT, as the business has given opportunities to students from public and private universities to learn on the job as interns and national service personnel.
Afriwave Telecom is a Ghanaian company established to provide telecommunication solutions in Ghana and beyond. It is the first licenced interconnect clearinghouse service to licenced Mobile Network Operators [MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo and Glo]. Additionally, Afriwave Telecom also provides interconnect clearing house services to locally licenced international wholesale carriers.