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25.03.2009 Business & Finance

Guinness makes a splash on World Water Day...Promises to provide 200,000 Ghanaians with portable drinking water

By Stephen Odoi Larbi - Ghanaian Chronicle

Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) has disclosed its commitment to provide portable drinking water to one million inhabitants on the African continent this financial year. Out of this, two hundred Ghanaians are set to benefit from the programme which is already ongoing in some communities in the Brong Ahafo and Eastern Regions.

This was made known yesterday by the Corporate Citizenship Manager of the company, Mr. Edwin Baffour when the company simultaneously celebrated World Water Day in Accra and Kumasi.

According to him, the initiative dubbed -”Water of Life Challenge” by GGBL was part of its objective to enrich the communities in which it operates. “This is indeed a significant day as it is a great time to support a worthy cause, keep fit and create the awareness on the importance of water. We are fully committed to this initiative”, he said.

The Chief Executive of Community Water & Sanitation Agency, Dr. Gyau-Boakye Philip who chaired the event, thanked GGBL for not only producing drinks but are also committed to providing potable drinking water to Ghanaians. He expressed delight for being part of the exercise and invited GGBL to partner with his outfit in supporting a worthy cause World Water Day is observed around the world annually on the 22nd of March. It is a means to raise awareness and focus attention on the importance of fresh water, especially in Sub Saharan Africa where only 56% of the population has access to clean water. The theme for this year is “Shared Water, Shared Opportunities”.

Last year, GGBL in line with its policy to address the needs of the communities where it operates provided potable drinking water for one hundred and fifty thousand Ghanaians.