Yussif Ibrahim, GNA
Amantia (Ash), Feb. 28, GNA - The Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG), on Tuesday inaugurated two mechanized boreholes for the people of Amantia and Muronaim, both farming communities in the Asante-Akim South Municipality.
The facilities, which come with overhead tanks were provided at the cost GH₵15,000.00 each.
The Institute also supplied all basic schools in the two communities with dual desks, exercise books, pens and pencils as part of its social responsibilities to the communities.
FORIG has a research station and tree plantation at Amantia within the Pra Anum Forest Reserve.
Prof. Daniel Aniagyei Ofori, the Director of the Institute, said the boreholes were built in partnership with contractors working in the plantations.
He said FORIG, a research institution with many out stations across the country, placed premium on the consumption of quality safe drinking water by the people in its host communities, hence the need to provide the facilities.
It was also important to support the schools and children in the communities with the needed teaching and learning materials to help improve education delivery, which was key to national development.
Professor Ofori said in addition to FORIG's commitment to undertake demand driven research to ensure sustainable management of forest resource, it would continue to provide basic social amenities in its host communities to enhance the living conditions of the people.
Mr. Alexander Frimpong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) in a speech read on his behalf, applauded FORIG for its immense contributions to the socio-economic development of the two communities, over the years.
He said water and education were both key sectors that required the support of all stakeholders to address and called for further support to other adjoining communities.
Nana Kyei Barfour, the Chief of Amantia praised FORIG for their kind gesture and urged other companies working in the area to emulate them.