The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has re-echoed the government’s commitment of working closely with the relevant key stakeholders to help address the critical challenges confronting the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the country.
The Vice President cited Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Water and Sanitation Sector (CONIWAS) as one of the vibrant organizations working assiduously to improve the water and sanitation services delivery in the country.
This he said, the government would also continue to dialogue with the Coalition and engage its members in reviewing the national water policy and environmental sanitation policies.
The Vice President was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 30th edition Mole conference which is currently ongoing in the Ho in the Volta Region.
Stressing that, the government would ensure that all and sundry in the country have access to good sanitation and quality water in order to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This he said, already the government has provided thousand water companies in the country. And would be providing additional 3,560 water and sanitation projects in the country to ensure that everyone has access to quality water and good sanitation.
Adding that, the government will establish Sanitation Authority to help to improve Water and Sanitation service delivery in the country.
He also commended the CONIWAS for the tremendous works they have done over the years in championing the cause of the water and sanitation service delivery in the country.
The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, however, bemoaned the manner in which the forests have been destroyed. This she said, the menace has depleted the water bodies; stressing an urgent need for effective collaboration to help protect and conserve the water bodies for the future generation.
The Executive Chairman of the Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Water and Sanitation Sector (CONIWAS), Mr Martin Dery, also noted that the status of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly (MMDA) needs to addressed to unleash technical expertise into sanitation work at the local level
And also, develop an agenda in partnership with key sector leaders including the Ghana Government to get the agreed policy recommendations prioritised for implementation and reporting back to sector stakeholders.
According to him, CSO watchdog and public interest role is critical in society such as ours, given the imperative for increased private sector involvement, especially in sanitation services delivery.
He also commended UNICEF for the strategic support to their Secretariat, budget tracking engagements in selected MMDAs.
The conference will give the sector players an edge to strengthen civil society’s role in stimulating development and implementation of actionable policies, plans, and programmes for achieving improved access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
The 4days conference will focus on four sub-themes as follows:
• Drinking-Water and Integrated Water Resources Management
• Improved Sanitation and Hygiene
• Government and Institutional Development
• Technology, innovations and private Sector Participation and a Conference Communique
This year’s conference was the themed: “Thirty Years of Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Reflections and.” Prospects.