Ghana is set to undertake a water project to benefit the Akyem Oda community, a project scheduled for completion in April 2016. The construction work has already started, with the project scheduled for completion in April 2016 according to Mr Alaaddin Metin; the General Manager of the ARDA Grup in Turkey. ARDA is a Turkish construction firm undertaking the water supply project. He said the project would complete early considering the speed of works at the site.
The water supply project will receive 85% of the funding from Exim Bank of Turkey, while the government has committed 15% of the total cost of the project.
Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Nesrin Bayazit said during her inspection on the progress this week yesterday that Turkey would continue supporting Ghana in alleviating people’s livelihoods having recognized that the country was a beacon of democracy in the continent and was friendly to foreigners.
Other 82 communities will also benefit from such water supply projects, including the Birim Central Municipality in the Eastern Region, and the Efutu Municipality in the Central Region and the Denkyembour District in the Eastern Region of the country.
Furthermore, the ambassador urged the beneficiary community to lend their support towards the project to ensure it was successfully completed, as way of encouraging Turkish government to undertake similar projects into the country.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Birim Central, Mr Kwabena Nkansah-Asare; the Deputy General Manager of the Exim Bank of Turkey, Mr Alaaddin Metin; the General Manager of the ARDA Grup in Turkey, Mr Bulert Ozuru; and the Akyem Anyinasehene, who is also a former Member of the Council of State, Nana Owusu Gyamadu accompanied the ambassador during her tour.
The water supply project has opened job opportunities to 174 Ghanaians working with 70 Turks. Ghana announced earlier this year that lower water levels at Akosombo dam were threatening power generation.