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Special security agency needed to protect natural resources

By
Samuel Akapule, GNA
 

Navrongo (UE) Aug. 6,
GNA – Mr Walanyo Kwadjo Siabi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the
Community Water and Sanitation Agency, says the Government should establish a
special security agency to protect natural resources.

He made this known in
a lecture he delivered on: “WASH in Ghana-Best Practices and Lessons Learned,”
organised at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University for Development
Studies (UDS) in Navrongo in the Upper East Region.

The UDS/CWSA first
WASH Conference on the theme: “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Challenges,
Successes and the Way forward with Academia,” was sponsored by Water Aid, World
Vision, SNV, The Netherlands based organisation and Fila Fm among brought
together players in the WASH sectors and the Academia to chart a way forward to
help confront the challenges.

Mr Siabi said many
fresh water bodies including the Black Volta, Pra, Densu and Ankrobra were
being heavily polluted beyond the natural self-cleansing abilities.

He attributed the
problem to the inability of the country to implement policies and enforce laws
relating to integrated water management.

He however commended
the efforts of stakeholders including researchers and the Government for
fighting the pollution of surface water.

Mr Siabi said: “Ninety-five
per cent of rural and some urban water supplies are provided through
groundwater.

“It is necessary to
remind ourselves that up to 33 per cent of our groundwater supplies through
either boreholes fitted with hand pumps for small communities or mechanised
boreholes for small towns piped systems are contaminated with excess fluoride,
arsenic, sodium chlorides, calcium hardness, iron or manganese.”

He stated that as a
result of the problem about 9,000 boreholes that were constructed throughout
the country with most of them being in northern Ghana, had been capped due to fluoride
content and called for collaboration between the UDS and the CWSA to conduct
research to help fix the problem.

Dr Isaac Sakyi, Dean
of Applied Sciences, stated that UDS attached much importance to WASH and said
it was based on that, that the Faculty with the support of Desert Research
Institute of the United States designed WASH programmes.

He said plans were far
advanced to open a third faculty that would focus mainly on running courses
particularly in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

Dr Edward Salifu Mahama,
the Director of Inter-disciplinary Research and Consultancy Service of the UDS
stated that a memorandum of understanding had been signed between the
University and Desert Research Institute to undertake a number of activities including
capacity building and developing appropriate WASH technology.

GNA

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