Mr. Speaker, I beg to second the motion. This is a very important project. However, I think that we have to do some small work on the rendition in terms of the motion.
Mr. Speaker, we are talking about €7,983,892.00 and that is the figure for import duty - if the items are imported from outside the country. Mr. Speaker, it is important to put on record that if we buy some of the items locally the figure that we will get will be less than the €7,983,892.00 that we have got there. For example, we will not pay tolls levy, we will not pay import duty, and we will not pay IDEF.
Chieko on the Salaga road or Shishegu as it relates to Tamale North, or even within Choggunayilli and surrounding areas.
We need to know the scope of work so that the people of Tamale will know what to expect from this project and not just to concentrate it, maybe in Tamale Central as per my good friend, lawyer Inusah's area. I think that the scope of work has not been brought to the attention of this House.
In order for us to appreciate that we have value for money in investing as much forty-five million euros in this project, I think it is important that the Ministry clarifies the issue for us to know that the people of Tamale can have some good expectation, that many of the communities adjoining Tamale and not just Tamale Central within the market area, will be beneficiaries of this important facility.
Mr. Speaker, related to this is that
even as we await the final take-off and completion of this project, the people of Tamale must be assured of some access to water in the meantime. This is because just a week ago, I was in the constituency and the major complaint of the people living within and around Tamale is about water. Whether you go to Nyohili or you go to Choggu or Blupela, the complaint is that they do not have water.
Mr. Speaker, it is important for me to emphasise that even within Tamale it is kind of peri-urban. You have some communities that are purely rural who do not even depend on potable pipe-borne water; they rely on dam water and even that they cannot get to drink.
If you take a community like Zopogu or even Blupela, which is within Tamale Central, they depend solely on the Blupela dam which is as clean as the cloth that the hon. Member of Parliament over there is wearing. That is the kind of water that people in Tamale drink. It is that
bad. So I am not surprised that guinea- worm infestation is still a problem within Northern Region, and even in Tamale.
Only a few weeks ago, I had discussion with some workers of Christ Faith Church and World Vision International and they complained about even our approach to dealing with rural water. So I would urge the hon. Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing that in dealing with this, we should also bear in mind the water needs and requirements of the rural people, whether they live within Tamale or beyond.
Then, Mr. Speaker, if you look at the Committee's Report, page 3 -- I have dealt with that -- Construction of Reservoirs and associated transmission and distribution pipelines. We would need to know the scope that it will cover and then we can get value for money for the project.
Mr. Speaker, with these few comments, I support the motion and urge all hon. Members to support it.
Minister for Water Resources, Works
and Housing (Mr. Hackman Owusu- Agyemang): Mr. Speaker, I think it is a little bit unfortunate that my distinguished Friend and Colleague thinks that it is because it was Koforidua that is why -- Indeed, I personally believe that these motions must be moved by the technical Ministry. I did not move the motion, neither was I given the opportunity to comment on it. I stood up but I was not given the opportunity and that is what it is.
Mr. Speaker, having said that, it was not because Koforidua is where I come from, we have given the scope of work. The last time we were here, for Tamale, the issue was raised that Parliament needed to know the scope of works and so with the
wisdom of hindsight we made this a lot more comprehensive than the Tamale one. But I would make the whole document available to him so that he can see the scope of work.
It is a legitimate question that he asked. I remember the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, of the Minority side, did say that we should have given a lot more details; so we would give that to him. That we should be able to do it among ourselves. Therefore, the scope of works would be taken care of.
As far as the water needs are concerned, for the time being, rationing is what we are doing and where there are emergency situations, we are trying to get boreholes. The difficulty, as usual, has always been lack of funds but I do appreciate the serious situation in Tamale, and in Koforidua for that matter.
Even this morning, I had a meeting with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and I told them that there was the need to give us more money for rural water supply. Out of 100 per cent, we are contributing only 6 per cent to rural water supply. The rest are all grants and so we cannot be at the mercy of those who give us the grants. So this is being discussed and I am sure we would address those by way of boreholes. As far as I remember from the Tamale Water Project, we would be serving the communities that are along the line.
Again as to the approval, he referred to the sequence of approval processes. What I know is that the technical Ministry will normally enter into an agreement signed between them and the contractors to signify the fact that most of them agree on this. It goes to Cabinet and if it is approved, it comes here. If it is not approved, it goes back to them and for the five years that I have been in Government, this is the way we have always worked