4ward Development West Africa in Tuna 

The 4ward Development West Africa, a private company in the water sector, has commissioned a solar-powered water facility for the people of Tuna in the Savannah Region to help reduce their challenges in accessing clean, sustainable water.

This is under its NUMA water project in partnership with the USAID, Water4, Global Communities, and Helmsley Trust of USA, under the “Enhancing WASH” project.

Addressing scores of people in Tuna at a ceremony to commission the facility, Mr Fredrick Sunesson, the National Director of 4Ward Development West Africa, stated that the organization’s intervention had helped create over 200 jobs for the people in the beneficiary communities through the provision of the water services.

The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, was the guest of Honour at the ceremony. He was accompanied by ministers and Members of Parliaments including the Minister of the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery.

“4Ward Development believes in potential and possibility, which is why our investors and donors have funded a business that depends on the sale of water for its growth and survival. At 4Ward Development, we will keep the water flowing. We will keep the water pure and safe.

We will continue to push for growth and expansion, serving 24, 000customers in 10 communities this year alone and a total of 100,000 clients in 3 districts in the next four years”, Mr Sunesson explained.

Mr Ahmed Yekini, the Upper West and Savannah Regional Director of 4Ward Development West Africa, said that ten of the water facilities had been constructed in the two regions within a spate of eight months at the cost of US$75,000.00.

The beneficiary communities for the NUMA water included: Nyoli, Ga, Kendeu, and Poyentanga in the Wa West District, Boli in the Wa Municipality, and Gindabuor, Kulmasa, Blema and Tuna in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba (STK) District.

He indicated that the company was established in 2015 with the main aim of complementing the efforts of the government in providing potable water to the people using the business module to ensure sustainability.

The Chief of Tuna, Tunawura Daniel Safo Mahama Amantana, on behalf of the people of the community, thanked the company for the intervention and said it is a dream come true.

“The provision of water services to my community is a great relief to me and my people.” he said and appealed that the initiative should be extended to other communities in the area.

The Savannah Regional Minister, Mr Muhazu Saeed Jibril, was full of appreciation to the company and its partners for the intervention but appealed to them to extend the services to other districts and municipalities in the region.

He thus assured them of the utmost support of the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council in their activities to impact the people in the region and beyond.

He indicated that the organization had so far invested $1.1 million in the Upper West and Savannah Regions, with a target of investing an additional $5 million in the next two years in clean and sustainable water provision.

Source: Philip Tengzu

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