Ghana needs  2 bln USD capital investments to achieve SDG on universal sanitation coverage: minister

Ghana is estimated to require at least  2 billion U.S.dollars in capital investments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on universal sanitation coverage, said a deputy minister disclosed.

Amidu Isahaku Chinnia, Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, said this in his keynote address at the annual national conference of the water, sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector at Elmina in the Central Region.

“A minimum of two billion U.S. dollars is required in capital investments to meet our SDG target on Sanitation,” Chinnia said.

Hon Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, opening the conference on Monday

He said the specific investments would include 1.4 billion dollars on the construction of household toilet facilities nationwide and 103.3 million dollars on environmental sanitation services, including emptying and waste treatment liquid and solid waste.

The deputy minister added that  85.1 million dollars needed to be invested in school sanitation infrastructure and 146 million dollars in sanitation facilities for healthcare institutions.

He said these investments would enable the West African country to close the gaps in the coverage of sanitation and move towards achieving universal coverage nationwide.

“Meeting these set targets require coordinated, cost-effective and inclusive efforts. It is important to say that as WASH stakeholders, we need to focus more attention on delivering comprehensive district-wide sanitation services to meet these set targets,” the deputy minister urged.

Chinnia said Ghana had invested at least 500 million dollars in sanitation projects since 2010. “About 60 percent of this investment focused on non-sewered sanitation and condominium sewerage. It would take additional funding to bridge the existing gap in safely managed sanitation.”

According to the 2021 population and housing census, Ghana achieved 15 percent coverage in sanitation following these investments in the sector.

The annual conference is named Mole after Ghana’s wildlife tourism city in the Savannah region, which hosted the first conference 33 years ago. It is organized by the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), the government of Ghana, and development partners.

This year’s conference will assess Ghana’s WASH commitments in relation to achieving national and SDG-6 targets for water, sanitation, and hygiene.

“It will also explore area-wide approaches that address equity concerns and promote sustainable WASH service delivery for everyone everywhere,” said Yaw Attah Arhin, Chairman of CONIWAS.  Enditem

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