Ing. Gilbert Nii Aflah Quaye
Regional Chief Manager
Ing. Gilbert Nii Aflah Quaye is the Chief Manager for Ashanti North Region.He has over 32 years’ working experience in the development and management of civil engineering infrastructure with specialisation in irrigation and water resources projects. He is experienced in project planning, designing of water supply systems, irrigation and contract administration, including tendering, evaluation and the implementation of both local and foreign contracts. He is also experienced in major Contract negotiations.
Prior to joining GWCL in May 1995, Ing. Quaye worked with the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, serving in many senior positions on the Engineering Team of the Authority. Ing. Quaye became Regional Chief Manager in October 2015. Prior to that, he served as Acting Regional Chief Manager for Northern and Ashanti North regions and Acting Chief Manager for the Planning and Development department at the Head Office. Ing. Quaye also served in the past as Head of Projects, Head of Planning and Development and Manager in charge of Project Construction and Contract Management with GWCL. From September 2000 to March 2001, he was the Water Engineer at the Water Sector Restructuring Secretariat in Accra. He was the Counterpart Engineer of GWCL to Messrs OTUI Consultants from 1995 to 1997 on the ATMA Development and Investment Programme and the Rehabilitation and Replacement of the Kpong-Tema-Accra pipeline.
Ing. Quaye is a Senior Member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Irrigation from the Instituto Agronomico Mediterraneo in Italy and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Hydrology from the International Institute of Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering, Netherlands.
THE ASHANTI NORTH REGION
The Ashanti North Region is situated in the middle as well as the forest belts of Ghana. Its Regional Office is located at Suame, a suburb of Kumasi, the Garden City also popularly called “Oseikrom”, the cultural hub of Ghana.
The Region shares boundaries with Ashanti South Region to the South and Brong Ahafo Region which encompasses the rest of the Region.
The Region has seven (7) districts namely; North ‘A’, North ‘B’, East, North East, North West all in the Kumasi Metropolis, Mampong and Offinso which are outside the metropolis.
North ‘A’ District
The North ‘A’ District was recently carved from the then North District. The District office is located at Nketia and hosted in a rented premises.
It is operating with just the basic logistics and manpower requirements.
It has a customer strength of about 7,850 but has a great potential of increasing its customer strength if additional efforts are made to expand the distribution network as it has a vast area of up and coming developing communities.
North ‘B’ District
This district is located at the center of the metropolis and also came out of the former North District. Its office is located in the premises of the Regional Office. It has the largest customer strength of 11,780. Its land area is almost developed with residential structures but still has the potential to increase its customer strength if some mains extensions are embarked on to the vast areas which are still unreached.
The East District is located in the eastern part of Kumasi and has its office at Aboabo, a suburb of Kumasi near the DVLA and the SOS Children’s Home.
This district covers some of the largest low-income areas in the city. It has customer strength of about 10,000. It has the potential to increase its customer strength if more mains are extended in the district.
It is a district which has shown character, strength and leadership revenue mobilization since the beginning of the reforms.
North East District
The district office is located at Pankrono in the premises of the Booster station. The district covers areas like Pankrono, Pankrono Estate, Buokrom, Buokrom Estate, Asokore Mampong, parts of old Tafo, Kenyase, etc. It has a customer strength of about 8,000 but has the potential to increase tremendously if mains are extended to its vast populated and developing areas.
North West District
The district office is located at Abuakwa in the Atwima-Nwabiagya District, a rented premises belonging to COCOBOD. Even though politically it is outside of the Kumasi metro, it is considered as a district within the metropolis. Its jurisdiction covers places like Tepa in the Ahafo Ano South District and Nkawie in the Atwima-Nwabiagya District.
It has a customer strength of about 7,800 of which the greater number are farmers and traders. It receives its water supply from the Owabi Headworks. It has the potential to increase its customers tremendously as Abuakwa and its environs are yet to experience any major mains expansion.
The District office is located in Mampong in the Sekyere West Municipality of the Ashanti Region. The district covers such areas as Mampong, Nsuta and Beposo in Sekyere Central, Effiduase/Asokore in Sekyere East and in the not long distant future Agona in the Afigya –Sekyere District.
The major occupation in the district is predominantly farming.
The district has customer strength of about 3,600. This will increase when the Agona system which is under rehabilitation by the WUP Project is commissioned. The major challenge in the district is the erratic power supply which greatly affects water production and hence supply.
This District located at Offinso covers communities in both Offinso North and South as well as some communities in the Atwima Districts of the Ashanti Region. The major occupation is predominantly farming.
The major challenge of the district is the weak 300mm Asbestos cement trunk main which is giving way at various locations on a daily basis.
In addition to its fragile condition, developers are encroaching and building on it. In some cases, they have filled the area and buried the pipeline to such depths which is a great worry to the district when it comes to repairs.
In view of the challenges experienced by the riparian communities along the 300mm AC mains, it has been proposed by earlier Regional Management to explore the use of groundwater as a short to medium term measure to provide water until the trunk main issue is resolved as the long term solution.
The district has customer strength of about 1,600. There is potential for growth if the inadequate supply situation is remedied.