A senior public official has proposed that Ghana create a dedicated financing instrument for the management of its water resources.
A principal officer of the water resources commission Mawuli Lumor said such a dedicated financial source was necessary for the country to manage its water resources sustainably and be able to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals of leaving no one behind in the provision of clean water.
Speaking to the media after a day’s engagement on Water Sanitation and Hygiene and Water Resource Management in Ghana, Lumor said the government’s action against water pollution by small-scale and illegal miners was a laudable one, which yielded results, “however it is not sustainable”.
“Keeping the military task force around the river basins is an expensive business, so, it is important to have dedicated financing, either from a new tax measure or deducting a portion of mining royalties/revenue for the protection of river basins,” he urged.
Country Director for IRC-Ghana, the lead implementing agency of the watershed project in Ghana Vida Duti also urged the stakeholders to approach water resource management as a cross-sectoral issue, since activities in agriculture, lumbering, mining, waste disposal, and open defecation, all affect the quality of water in the river basins.
“If we do not protect the sources of raw water, one of two things will happen: either we do not get water to drink at all, or we get water treated at an unsustainable cost,” she cautioned.
The watershed program is a strategic partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo, working with their local partners in Ghana. Enditem