Afrique Avenir The European Union (EU) on Monday inaugurated 39 completed small town water and sanitation projects in two regions to the tune of 23 million euros.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony at Twifo Hemang, some 30 kilometres north-east of Cape Coast, Ghana’s Vice President John Dramani Mahama, said out of 40 projects earmarked for the Western and Central Regions, 39 were completed with one outstanding and assured that the government will adopt the uncompleted project to ensure completion to bring relief to the people.
He said currently an estimated rural population of 260,000 is benefiting from the small towns water and sanitation programme jointly undertaken by the government of Ghana and the EU.
Vice President Mahama said the projects will increase access to potable water by the rural communities thereby helping reduce the incidence of guinea worm infestation, which has reduced to eight cases since July this year.
The head of the EU Delegation to Ghana, Mr. Claude Maerten, said the main purpose of the project was to help Ghana achieve its water and sanitation targets for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
He said the EU is the largest supporter to developing countries in water and sanitation adding that it granted 1.5 billion euros to beneficiary countries through the European Commission.
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