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Ghana gov’t resumes process to set up Sanitation Authority and Fund to meet growing sector challenges

HO,Nov. 6 (GWJN)–The government of Ghana has finally agreed to set up a national sanitation authority and sanitation fund to meet the growing challenges of sanitation in the country, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has said.

This came after persistent calls by civil society and other stakeholders for the establishment of an authority with a sector fund to lead the implementation of national programmes aimed at ensuring a clean Ghana.

The process towards realizing the two goals have stalled for some time, with indications that the government was no longer keen on the idea.

But in his opening speech on Tuesday at the 30 annual Mole conferences (Mole XXX), the annual gathering of state and non-state actors in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, Bawumia said cabinet had given approval for the establishment of both the authority and the fund.

This year’s conference is taking place in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, making it the second consecutive time that the annual gathering is taking place in the Volta Region, after the 2018 edition was held in Sogakorpe.

“We are convinced that the Authority will give our efforts significant focus, attract the requisite human capacity and mobilize resources for improved sanitation services delivery in Ghana,” the vice president announced in his opening speech.

The theme for the four-day 2019 gathering of the WASH sector players  is “30 years of multi-stakeholder WASH dialogue: Reflections and Prospects.”

As part of the government’s commitment to improving the quality WASH service delivered to Ghanaians, Bawumia said there were 3,350 water and sanitation projects underway in the country under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources,  Cecilia Abena Dapaah, also listed a number of ongoing activities to address the sanitation challenge, including the ongoing provision of 20,000 waste bins across the country, as well as collaboration with the security agencies to protect the nation’s water resources.

 

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