Views: 151 Ishmael Junourgh, Kete-Krachi, June 9,2019, Sun, 5:oopm Some 30 Island communities in the Krachi West District in the Oti Region have being...
Ishmael Junourgh, Kete-Krachi, June 9,2019, Sun, 5:oopm
Some 30 Island communities in the Krachi West District in the Oti Region have being poised for electricity connectivity in November this year, according to the District Chief Executive, (DCE) Osei Nti Douglas.
The communities constitute roughly one-third of the coverage area of the District.
The settlements are situated across a confluence some 26 kilometers wide.
The confluence is between the Oti-River and Volta Lake.
The Island communities are going to enjoy electricity from the national grid for the first time.
But, for now, the people are improvising with dry-cells and small solar panels to generate current for their phones and radios.
So far, the number of communities with electricity in the Krachi West District is 17.
At one of the confluence-communities known as Old-Chantai poles for both the high and the low tension cables were being buried.
“This is grounds breaking achievement for the New Patriotic Party. (NPP) There are about 64 communities and 22 polling stations on the islands where close to 90 percent of the voter population in the District is from,” the DCE stated.
He explained that the electricity extension was going to cover some 41 kilometers; from Nyeninyeni to Old Chantai, and across the confluence to the communities.
He said the project was been executed by two contractors.
A young man spotted trying to operate his radio using a small solar panel at Old-Chantai told this platform that “we will be grateful to the government for this project.”
The DCE said when completed, the project would open up the place to opportunities. The people would be able to watch television news, charge their phones, use fridges and power their grinding meals.
He said health delivery, education and businesses would also improve.
“It will open up the place to investors. The area has been neglected for long.” He stressed.
He said the area was having three clinics. Two of them, so far, have been provided with mini solar panels. Those were the Aglakope clinic and the Adonte clinic.
Also, he said five more communities in the area were to benefit from mini-grid solar panels because the current project extension would not cover those communities yet.
“Over 43 percent of the District is covered by the Volta Lake.” The DCE noted.
On telecommunication network, he said two telephone-mast had been provided in the area.
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