Dawn of life, a cocoa farming community near Akorabo in the Suhum Cocoa District will benefit from an ultra-modern community water project from Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) as the cocoa regulator marks 75 years of existence.
This was announced in a speech read on behalf of the Chief Executive of COCOBOD, Joseph Boahen Aidoo, during a durbar of chiefs and cocoa farmers at Suhum to mark this year’s Cocoa Day.
Delivering the address, Mr Ray Ankrah, Deputy Chief Executive of COCOBOD in charge of Finance and Administration indicated that the decision of the Board to site the project in the community is not only to address the water supply needs of the thousands of gallant cocoa farmers in the area but also, to appreciate them for their hard work.
He also indicated that the initiative aligns with the efforts of the Board to provide the basic infrastructure that support the realization of Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 9.
“Through this project, we support the realization of SDG 6 which requires all persons to have access to clean water”, he indicated.
Hon Boahen Aidoo was confident the initiative will help in ‘removing major bottlenecks such as child absenteeism and its spill-over effects on basic education delivery in the area will also be addressed.
The water project will have a reservoir tank and other ancillary facilities to ensure a regular supply of water to improve the living standards of our gallant cocoa farmers and their families.
Hon Aidoo lauded the effort of the MP for Suhum, Hon Kwadjo Asante in identifying the project location.
In a brief remark, the Member of Parliament for the Suhum Constituency, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of COCOBOD was very grateful to COCOBOD for selecting Suhum for the 2022 Cocoa Day and donating the 75th-anniversary project to Dawn of Life.
“This water project will indeed go a long way to address the water supply gap in the community and other adjoining villages and also improve the living conditions of our hardworking farmers and their children”, he said.
Opanyin Kwaku, a farmer, 54 who hails from Dawn of Life could not hide his excitement at the announcement of the project. According to him, their major source of water, a borehole, keeps breaking down and repairing it normally takes a longer time. He added that the project promised will significantly help to improve their living standards.
“Our wives and children will no longer struggle for water by trekking to faraway locations. What we are asking from COCOBOD is that the contractor who will be assigned to execute the work will be supervised well to ensure that the project lasts for us,” he expressed.
Until then, the farmers and people of the Dawn of Life are anxiously waiting for that moment when they will heave a sign of relief and witness a new dawn of waking up to see a spring of fresh water from the project, supplying to homes in the community.
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