The Energy Ministry has commissioned a $2.3 million electrification project at New Abirem in the Eastern Region.
Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Power, William Owuraku Aidoo, made the commissioning that will see the connection of 25 rural communities across the constituency to electricity, while over 2,000 inhabitants of the area will be beneficiaries.
The benefiting communities are Koti Ye Aboa, Hyoa Ye Mmobo, Etwe NimNyansa, Teimuni, Abohema, Dodoworaso, Bramkrom, Addokrom, Amanfokrom and Domeabra.
Other beneficiary communities are; Bepotuntum, Asuabena, Botwekrom, Asarekrom, Papa Doku, Atta Yaw, Dagadu, Alhaji, Yaw Agyemang, Agya Thomas, Osei Yaw, Oseikrom, AbenaTewia and Yaw Broni.
Addressing the chiefs and people at separate durbars at Koti Ye Aboa and Abohema, the Deputy Energy Minister advised the people to take advantage of the opportunity government had offered them to create jobs and employment opportunities for the youth.
He said the connection of the communities to the national grid would pave way for many development projects to be established for the people, assuring that government was committed to ensuring universal access to electricity in the country.
The minister however, urged the people to pay their bills promptly for more revenue to be generated to extend power to other communities in the country.
On his part, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Abirem Constituency, Mr. John Osei Frimpong said, 17 communities which included; Tawiakrom, Obuo Betwao and Mampong which were not part of the first phase will be captured in the second phase.
He mentioned that, a number of developmental projects have been initiated in the district in the areas of education, health and sanitation to help improve the livelihood of the people.
Adding his voice, the Birim North District Chief Executive (DCE), Nana Raymond Damptey, encouraged the benefiting communities to make the best use of the power and benefit economically. He also advised parents in the area to ensure that their children used the lights to study and not to focus on entertainment programs on television which could affect their education.
On the issue of judicious use of power, the Eastern Regional Marketing Manager of the Power Distribution Services (PDS), Ghana, Mr. Abraham Lincoln admonished the people to use the power economically, in order to avoid exorbitant bills.
The Chief of Pankese, Nana Dr Boakye Darkwa III, commended the government for the project and highlighted some challenges facing the area as inadequacy of schools, bad roads and lack of health facilities.
The Odikro of Koti Ya Aboa, Nana Kofi Marfo expressed the hope that the electricity would enable students in the area to study and improve on their performance to enable more young people from the area to get to the tertiary level.