General News of Tuesday, 29 April 1997
Nkawie(Ash) The 700 million-cedi water project for five communities in the Atwima District has come to a standstill due to lack of funds. The beneficiary communities are Afari, Nkawie Panin and Nkawie Kumah, Toase and Mpasatia. So far, about 300 million cedis has been spent on the project which involves the laying of pipe lines from Afari to Mpasatia and the erection of an overhead tank with a capacity of about 50,000 gallons of water. Mr Peter Yaw Mensah, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Atwima, told the first session of the Atwima district ssembly at Nkawie that the vote for the project begun in 1995 has been fully utilized. Yet, he said, a substantial amount was to be paid to the contractor to enable him to continue work on the project. The DCE said the necessary approaches have been made at the appropriate quarters and it is anticipated that government will soon come to the assembly's aid to ensure the early completion of the project. He regretted that work on a number of wells sunk for some communities was shoddy and said this may be attributed to the meagre amount of 200,000 cedis paid for a well by the assembly. This, he said, would be raised when the finances of the assembly improves.