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UNDP provides mechanized Water systems to Wa communities

Wa, Dec. 10, GNA “ The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over two mechanized water systems which it constructed under its human security project to two communities in Wa in the Upper West Regional capital.

The two systems which were funded by the Japanese government through the United Nations Trust Fund on human security at a total cost of GHc 65,000.00 are located at Nayiri and Sokpayiri which are all suburbs of the town.

Mr Domicnic Sam, Country Director of UNDP handed over the facilities to the communities at two separate ceremonies in the beneficiary communities on Thursday.

The UNDP™s four-year peace and human security support project for the country dubbed śConsolidating Peace in Ghanať which was implemented in 19 conflict prone communities in the Northern, Upper East and West regions ended in August 2013.

The Country Director said the gesture was a demonstration of UNDP's commitment to partner government, local leaders, and citizens to access clean and safe drinking water, while promoting inter-personal relationships for peaceful co-existence.

He reminded the beneficiaries that peace was a pre-requisite for sustainable growth and development and all efforts must be made to ensure that the decades of sustained development in the country were not undermined by violent conflicts.

The UNDP Country Director stated that monetary value could not be placed on the combined dividends of the man hours saved in long winding queues in search of water, reduction on water related infectious diseases, increased economic activities, and improved communal relations.

Mr Nuhu Putiaha Issahaku, Wa Municipal Chief Executive said the UNDP human security programme has helped in alleviating poverty in the four beneficiary communities, namely; Fongu, Nayiri, Sokpayiri and Charia within the Municipality.

He said 80 farmers were trained in compost making and water management, while 1,000 polythene sacs were distributed to farmers for storage of maize to prevent post-harvest losses as well as the supply of maize and rice seeds to farmers for cultivation.

To facilitate alternative livelihood programme for the people, about 394 mango seedlings were also distributed to the four project communities to enhance food and environmental security.

He commended UNDP for its commitment to support the training of not only Assembly members in peace building and conflict management but also security agencies, chiefs and youth groups which were all aimed at accelerating development.


GNA

Source: GNA Story (https://ghananewsagency.org/social/undp-provides-mechanized-water-systems-to-wa-communities-69431)
Published: 2014-01-10 16:31:21
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