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World Bank urges Ghana to set up National Sanitation Authority

The World Bank Country Director for Ghana Pierre Jean Laporte has urged the government to expedite action on the setting up of a National Sanitation Authority as promised by the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia recently.

He said it was important for Ghana to have such an institution, as it would be a critical step towards the organization of a coordinated sector.

The World Bank official said these during a courtesy call on the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah.

The visit was part of the Bank’s supervisory mission on the implementation of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project; the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project (SRWSP), and the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project which are all funded by the bank.

Pierre reiterated the commitment of the Bank to  continue to provide the necessary  support for  the sanitation sector in Ghana.

As part of this support,  Pierre said the world bank would  facilitate the transfer of experience from other countries in the region to enable Ghana meet the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs); especially goal 6.2 which focuses on sanitation.

He urged the sanitation ministry to put in place measures to ensure the sustainability of the 406 institutional school sanitation facilities provided under the GAMA Project.

Acknowledging that the facilities provided were disability friendly and menstrual hygiene considerate, the World Bank official pointed out that their successful operation and maintenance involved mobilization of funds.

Welcoming the team, the minister expressed gratitude to the bank for its support for Ghana, especially in the provision of funds for the GAMA project.

She said the project had provided over twenty-seven thousand household toilets in the Greater Accra Region alone,  Enditem

By Justice Lee Adoboe (for GWJN)

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