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Stakeholder forum on Water and Sanitation opens

By Kodjo
Adams, GNA

Atimpoku, (E/R), June 29, GNA – A three-day
stakeholders’ forum to chart a strategic plan for the Ministry of Sanitation
and Water Resources is underway at Atimpoku in the Eastern Region. 

The forum brought together development
partners and stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector to share
collective knowledge and experiences to map out strategic direction for all
players to play a role in addressing challenges in the sector.

He said the forum was to come out with a
comprehensive and integrated strategic road map for the sector ministry.

Mr Kofi Adda, the Minister of Sanitation and
Water Resources, said previous governments had made efforts to bring water and
improve sanitation to the citizenry, but there were still gaps in addressing
these challenges.

He mentioned leadership and lack of commitment
as some of the deficiencies hampering the ability to sustainably address
environmental issues in the country.

Mr Adda said government created the Ministry
to give focus and attention to these issues and lauded the support of civil
society organisations and development partners for making it possible.

“The need for a shared vision, a well-crafted
mission statement, objectives with measure able indicators aligned with actions
that are time bound in the context of a sector-wide approach was crucial for
the Ministry”.

He commended development partners both
bilateral and multilateral for their desire to support government to address
environmental challenges, saying government had secured 2 billion dollars from
China to add to the resource of the Ministry.

The Minister said he inaugurated a novel
concept of harnessing the brain power in the sanitation area from academia known
as Tarsus-Ghana to tap the research initiatives and outputs of concerned
intellectuals to feed into policy and influence decision making.

He called for harmonisation and
synchronisation of stakeholders’ plans to facilitate smooth operations and ensure
efficiency of resource use.

“The need for enhanced capacity for the new
Ministry and a reliable ad timely database all in line with the application of
modern, state-of-the art and emerging technologies are all relevant issues that
need attention.”

Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Chairman of the Council
of State said the current state of the country’s environmental sanitation was
appalling in that Ghana was ranked 7th dirtiest country in the
world.

He urged government to review all past
strategic documents to identify factors that impede smooth success in
addressing environmental issues and develop actionable policies for effective
implementation.

Nana Siriboe II called for holistic discourse
devoid of politics to ensure government provide affordable quality water to
meet the Sustainable Development Goal six.

GNA

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