Kpong Water Supply Expansion Project in Ghana
Kpong Water Supply Expansion Project in Ghana

The 77th Traditional Scientific and Technical Council and Exhibition has been organized by African Water Association in collaboration with Ghana Water Company Limited with the aim of improving the performance of the water and sanitation sector in Africa.

Speaking at the meeting the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda (MP) noted that the meeting was also aimed at strengthening the institutional and human capacities to serve as a catalyst for acquiring and improving knowledge in water production and distribution, and sanitation management from the technical, legal administrative and economic point of view.

According to him, studies have shown that, investment in water and sanitation services result in an overall estimated gain of 1.5% of global GDP.

However, access to basic sanitation lagged far behind with a coverage rate of 15% as against an MGG target of 54%. Adding that, there is also the issue of the management of solid waste, which is a huge challenge for Ghana.

“In the face of population growth, these disparities need to be addressed if Ghana is to achieve her sector target of Sanitation and water for all by 2025 and SDG-6 by 2030”, he disclosed.

It is obvious that, millions of children who die before attaining the age of five because of unsafe water and inadequate sanitation.
This he said, the sanitation sub-sector would soon see a modernization of its operations from an injection of modern and state-of –art technology to help get rid of filth and open defecation in the country.

I throw a challenge to the private sector to position itself to take advantage of the opportunities that these innovations come with.
Since government has realized that WASH provision is a shared responsibility and has therefore created the enabling environment for private sector participation and partnership to achieve the national goals and subsequently the SDGs.

The Managing Director of Ghana Water Company Limited Mr. Clifford Braimah, disclosed that their goal is to attain 100% access to potable water in urban areas by the year 2025.

According to him, concrete measures such as addressing the poor sanitation and water pollution in the country, needed to be put in place to make the vision achievable.

Adding that, the government is embarking on restructuring of its utility agencies to reposition them to provide quality service to their customers.

AFWA is a professional association of institutions and individuals in the water and sanitation industry.

Basically , to facilitate the development of professional capacity in all areas of water and sanitation , to coordinate the search for knowledge and latest development in technical , legal , administrative and economic for field for drinking water production and supply and sanitation.

This year’s meeting was themed: “Improving the performance of the water and sanitation sector in Africa”.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.gh