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04.10.2008 Regional News

Community appeals for electricity

By gna
The people of Essam in the Birim Central Municipality of the Eastern Region, on Saturday appealed to the Municipal Assembly and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to supply the town with electricity.
Mr Reginald Sackey, Assembly Member for Essam Electoral Area, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Essam near Akim Oda that, the people had purchased eight low-tension poles, estimated at 18 million cedis.
He said about 56 poles were needed for the electrification project, but as a poor farming community, it was difficult for them to raise additional funds for the rest of the poles.
According to him, the appeal was urgent because the electrification committee feared that the poles already purchased could decay.
Mr Sackey said due to the lack of electricity supply, the refrigerator at the town's clinic uses gas to operate, but that did not provided the required power to enable it store vaccines and other drugs.
The Assembly Member said Essam catered for more than 10 villages and that with the completion of the project, the place could be opened up for more commercial activities that would enhance the peoples' living standards.