Accra-Mr Michael Gyato, Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, has commended the Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) and its partners for extending its flagship Water of Life programme to the Suhum Municipality of the Eastern Region.
Given the importance of water for preserving health and supporting balanced economic development, the project will contribute to the constant supply of potable water and enhancing sanitation in the Suhum Municipality, he added.
The beverage company in its quest to build thriving communities across the country, together with its partners Jaldhaara Foundation and WaterHealth Ghana, commissioned an ultra-modern small town water facility, which will provide safe and reliable drinking water to over 40,000 beneficiaries in the Municipality and environs.
A Statement issued in Accra by Mr Felix Baidoo, Responsibility and Sustainability Manager quoted Mr Gyato as saying that one of Government’s top priority was to ensure development of water infrastructure across the country to provide safe drinking water to citizens in an equitable way.
Mr Gavin Pike, Managing Director for GGBL, speaking at the launch said GGBL a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, regarded the sustainable access to clean drinking water and sanitation as the bedrock for building strong and thriving communities across its operational areas.
The human right to water is indispensable for leading a healthy life in human dignity. It is a pre-requisite to the realisation of the socio-economic well-being of communities, he said.
He said over the past decade, we have directly invested in over 12 water delivery systems in communities across the country with a goal is to equip these communities with the resources to build a better future.
Mr Pike called on the Municipality to ensure the facility served the people of Suhum and its environs for years to come by safeguarding and patronising it.
Mr Gabriel Opoku-Asare, Corporate Relations Director at GGBL further underscored Guinness Ghana’s commitment to the provision of water to communities, where it sourced local raw materials; adding, We believe that sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene is central to meeting global development goals on poverty, health, education and economic growth.
Some residents who attended the commissioning ceremony thanked Guinness Ghana for siting the project in their municipality, as it would bring relief to Suhum and adjoining communities, who are often at the mercy of acute water shortages.
Source: Ghana News Agency