The Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, has underscored the importance of the water sector to livelihood, saying it drives the socio-economic situation of nations.

In a keynote address at the launch of the Water Sector Strategic Development Plan and Water Sector Harmonisation and Alignment Study Report in Accra on Friday, Dr Agyemang-Mensah said the National Water Policy which spelt out the aspirations of the country’s needs required a plan to ensure the realisation of the full potential of the sector.


Dr Agyemang-Mensah said the document would ensure sustainability in water and sanitation so that by 2025, every household in Ghana could have access to adequate and affordable water.


The Minister bemoaned the dwindling support from the development partners and called on them to partner government in achieving its target in the interest of development and growth in the sector.


He also expressed worry on the new development agenda target set by the United Nations for ‘Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) which requires all developing countries to raise $ 27 billion annually for fifteen years in order to achieve their target and appealed to the development partners to remain committed to the water sector to enable government to achieve the set goal and avoid the pressure that would mount on the country’s budget.


In his remarks, the Chief Planning Officer at the Ministry of Finance, Mr Akoto Danso, noted that the water and sanitation sub-sector had been experiencing low growth in recent times as the population living in the urban areas had surpassed the fifty thresholds. Mr  Danso expressed confidence  in the Water Sector Strategic Development Plan which, he said, had come at a better time when the Millennium Development Goal was in its final stage, adding that the plan would lead to a greater efficiency and transparency in the utilization of resources through the co-ordination and harmonisation of development activities.


In a statement, a Representative of the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), Mr Benjamin Arthur, commended the Ministry for the  initiative and called for collaboration from all stakeholders to work effectively to help achieve the goal by coming up with innovative ways of financing  the implementation of the plan as the sector needed that to succeed. Mr Arthur pledged CONIWAS’ support to complement government’s efforts in attaining the 2025 target for access to reliable water.


Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo & Naa Oboshie Palm)

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