Country Director of the United Nation Development Programmes, Dominic Sam has admonished that all efforts must be made to ensure that the decades of sustained development are not undermined by violent conflicts.
Dominic Sam made the admonition shortly before he commissioned two mechanized boreholes for two communities in Wa at a cost of sixty three thousand Ghana Cedis.
The United Nations Human Security Project is a five a year project which focused on food security, human rights and sustainable livelihoods. It is also used to bring warring factions together through dialogue and are empowered through livelihood projects such the growing of ruminants, provision of milling machines and water.
The programme is being implemented by six UN agencies namely, World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO), Food and Agriculture organization (FAO), United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations University(UNU).
The UNDP country director, Dominic Sam stated that his outfit is delighted to be part of the joint efforts over the last four years in bringing smiles to of the faces members of these communities especially women and children who hitherto spent many hours in long winding queues in search for clean and safe drinking water, sometimes at the expense of education in these communities.
He is convinced that the provision of the water resources will help build bridges across communities, promote the attainment of mutual interests, encourage dialogue and generally provide good excuses for people to engage eachother productively.
The Wa municipality classified as one of the conflict prone areas in the country due to the sea of chieftaincy and land disputes is benefitting from the project. The four communities benefiting from the project are Nayiri, Charia, Fongu and Sokpayiri.
The Wa Municipal Chief Executive, Issahaku Nuhu Putiaha conceded that the UNDP Programme on human security has helped in alleviating the poverty of the people and maintaining peace in the communities.
He stated that about 80 farmers in the municipality were trained in compost making and water management whilst one thousand polysacks were distributed to farmers for storage of maize to prevent post-harvest losses in the selected communities.
Nuhu Putiaha said due to the enormous interventions, the living standards for the people have significantly improved and they are able to take care of their families.
In the end an existing borehole that was mechanized at a cost of GH25,000 by the Japanese government was commissioned for use by the UNDP Country director to the admiration of all gathered.
The spokesperson for the women group, Sahadatu Muniru on behalf of colleague women expressed their appreciation to the UNDP group.
A similar meeting was also held at the Wa Nayijiihi to commission another borehole which was drilled and mechanized at a cost of GH38,000 through the main UNDP Human security project fund.