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Guinness Commissions Water Project For Agomeda

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Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd (GGBL), Ghana’s Most Celebrated Business, on Wednesday 21st October 2009 commissioned a community water project comprising an automated borehole with overhead tank connected to standpipes for Agomeda, a community in the Dangbe West District of the Greater Accra region.

This project is part of 22 similar ones the company has financed in its F’09 financial year in the Eastern, Volta, Brong Ahafo and the Greater Accra regions as part of the company’s flagship corporate social responsibility programme- Water of Life and is expected to solve the perennial water problems that has plagued the respective communities for many years.

The project was jointly commissioned by the following personalities: Hon. Alhaji Saani Iddi, Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing; Mr. Stuart Fletcher, President of Diageo International; Mr. Ekwunife Okoli, Managing Director of GGBL and Nene Tei Djahene Korabo IV, Senior Asafoatse of the Shai traditional area.  

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Fletcher said, “Water of Life” is part of Diageo’s (parent company of GGBL) commitment and support of Target 10 of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MGD) 7, which aims to reduce by half the population of Africans without access to potable water by 2015.

“The Water of Life project is therefore a reflection of the challenge we have set ourselves to provide at least one million Africans with access to potable water every year.

To this end, the beneficiaries of this programme across 12 countries in Africa including Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya etc stand at 3 million and we are on track to deliver a further million this financial year”.

He also mentioned that as part of the worldwide 250 years celebration of the iconic Guinness brand, Arthur Guinness Fund has been launched with €6million out of which Ghana will be getting €250,000 to be used as seed funding towards a new enterprise initiative to build a sustainable market for CrystalPur TM, an affordable water filter that eliminates 99.99 percent of all waterborne bacteria and parasites, with no chemicals or mechanical parts.

The initiative will benefit over 250,000 people in areas where surface water is predominantly used and water is boiled before drinking.  

“This is in addition to the over 350,000 people who have already benefited from the Water of Life programme,” he concluded.

The Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Hon. Alhaji Saani Iddi, on his part commended Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd for its commitment in supporting government’s effort in providing water to deprived communities in the country.

The senior Asafoatse of the Shai traditional area, Nene Tei Djahene Korabo IV on behalf of the traditional council and the people of Agomeda thanked GGBL for ending the perennial water problem of the Agomeda community and asked other corporate bodies to emulate this shinning example.

Credit: dailyguideghana.com

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