The President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akuffo-Addo has cut the sod for the construction of the Tamale Water Supply Project, as part of his tour of the Northern Region. Speaking at the ceremony on Tuesday, 28th July, 2020 the President said the Tamale Water Supply Project seeks to expand the supply capacity of the Tamale Metropolitan area, and also improve upon the flexibility of water supply, buy building a new water supply system which will rely on the white Volta at Yapei, with a 29.7 million gallons per day capacity water treatment plant.
“This will be, by far, the biggest water project in the five northern regions, and the second biggest in the history of the country,” he said. Explaining the rationale for the project, the President stated that Tamale, like most arts of the country, is faced with rapid population growth, which, unfortunately, has been a key factor militating against the provision of adequate social infrastructure for Ghanaians, with the demand for water outstripping supply in Tamale.
The President further stated that, Government will construct a new water treatment plant at Yapei, thereby making available two water supply systems working concurrently to supply water to Tamale and its environs in order to guarantee the availability of enough potable water in the Metropolis, as this will extend the coverage area of water supply. To execute this project on turnkey basis, Government has secured a credit facility amounting to two hundred and eighty-seven thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine United States Dollars, fifty cents (US$223,287,979.56) from the UK Export Finance and the Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch,” he said.
The beneficiary towns and communities of his project in Tamale and its environs include Cheshegu, Nanton, Yapei/Yipala, Chirifoyili, Nyankpala, yepeligu, Dalun, Pong Tamale, Yoggo, Gbullung, Sanerigu, Zagayull, Gurugu, Sankpala, Zangbulung, Jisonayili, Savelegu, Kusawgu, Kakkpagayili, Tibung, Bagabaga, Kanvili, Tolon, Tamale Township, Kumbungu, and Vitin.