Accra, Nov.6, GNA – Madam Cecilia Abena
Dapaah, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Tuesday, said Ghana was
committed to the development and management of water resources for accelerated
This she said, was being pursued without
compromising the livelihoods and health of the people as well as the ecosystem.
She gave the assurance in a speech read on her
behalf, at the German-Ghanaian Congress on Water Management, in Accra.
The event brought together German-Ghanaian
Companies and public institutions to work towards attracting investments in
Madam Dapaah explained that, the President’s
first significant step to improve governance, was the creation of the Ministry
of Sanitation and Water Resources in 2017, to give a clear focus to water,
sanitation and hygiene.
The Minister said, it was also in line with
the Sustainable Development Goal six; which was to ensure the availability and
sustainability management of water and sanitation for all by 2030 and above
Additionally, it was in tandem with the Global
Water Vision of seeking to promote the inclusive sustainable development of
water to support humans, maintain the functions of the ecosystems and ensure
She stated that Ghana was endowed with water
resources - both surface and underground - and these were sufficient to support
users if properly developed.
However, she pointed out that only 13 per cent
of water was utilised because the water ecosystem was not in a healthy state.
Thus, the Government was looking for better
ways to provide access to safe water and sanitation services to all Ghanaians.
She said, using innovation, among whom were
reuse and recycling to enhance the existing water infrastructure, developing
additional water supplies for diverse use by investing in new sources,
improving water quality and environmental protections as well as improving the
knowledge base and management capacities were the government’s water agenda and
She said, the Government was also aiming at
introducing platforms for strengthening and expanding multilateral water
dialogue with the focus on drawing in the required businesses and investments,
hence, the need to cooperate with Germany.
Ingineer Isaac Apenyo, Officer in charge, of
Development and Investment of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), said GWCL
would expand its production capacity of water supply systems to meet the 2025
target of Sustainable Development Goal six, stating that it would be possible
with such partnerships as between Ghana and Germany.
About 10 German Companies were featured at the
Congress and they took turns in demonstrating the various technologies, which
would be used to preserve, purify, store, among others, to ensure water
sustainability and provision for all.
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