As part of measures to expand rural electricity infrastructure, 32 communities in the Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency in the Eastern Region have benefited from an electric extension programme.
Some of the beneficiary communities include Betenase, Bokor, Arkoh, Nkansah No.1, Amponsah, Sukuran, Pantinpa and Krofom. The rest are Yaw Nkran, Paawudu, Ayeboafo No.1 and No. 2, Wawase, Nii Quaye and Boatemaa, among others.
The Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency, , Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who is also the Minister for Information led a team made up of the District Chief Executive of Akyemansa, Paul Asamoah, NPP executives in the constituency as well as officials of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to commission the projects in the communities.
The ECG officials educated the people in the communities on the use of electricity and how to avoid high cost of power.
The MP told journalists the provision of electricity to these communities was in fulfilment of his campaign promise in the run-up to the 2016 general elections.
“Our President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo is fulfilling his campaign promises to the good people of Ghana. And that is exactly what we are also doing here in the constituency. We promised to help these communities get electricity during our last election campaign and that promise has been fulfilled in two year,” he said.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah expressed excitement about the achievement since it was going to bring growth and development to the beneficiary communities.
He said “school children can now study at night and pass their exams, mothers, wives and market women can now use electricity to preserve their food stuffs and grow their businesses”.
“We are not done with the projects. Many of these communities have other requests including the provision of portable water, good roads and toilet facilities. We will ensure these projects become a reality in the coming years,” he told reporters at Betenase, one of the beneficiary communities.
At Betenase, Mmbrantiehene Nana Kofi Addo, who spoke on behalf of the chief, praised the MP and the NPP government for providing electricity to the town and pledged to ensure the people in his town do not abuse it.
“We will use the electricity for income generating activities to improve our living standards and contribute towards national development,” said the Mmbrantiehene.
Nana Kofi Addo appealed to government to set up computer laboratories in schools following the provision of electricity to enable students perform well in ICT examinations.
The Ofoase Ayirebi legislator also commissioned a new market facility for the chiefs and people of Otabil, a farming community in the constituency, and inspected work on the Akokoaso health facility, which is almost 90% complete.