STAKEHOLDERS MEET TO CHART STRATEGIC PLAN FOR GHANA’S MINISTRY OF WATER AND SANITATION

ACCRA, A three-day stakeholders' forum to chart a strategic plan for the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources now underway at Atimpoku in Eastern Region (Province), about 80 kilometres northeast of here, has brought together development partners and stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector.

The forum is expected to come out with a comprehensive and integrated strategic road map for the Ministry, says Kofi Adda, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, who notes that although previous governments have made efforts to bring water and improve sanitation to the people, there are still gaps in addressing these challenges.

Addressing the forum Thursday, he said leadership and lack of commitment were some of the deficiencies hampering the ability to address environmental issues in the country in a sustainable manner. The present government had created the Ministry to give focus and attention to these issues.

Lauding the support of civil society organizations (CSO) and development partners in these efforts, he said: The need for a shared vision, a well-crafted mission statement, objectives with measure able indicators aligned with actions that are time bound in the context of a sector-wide approach was crucial for the Ministry.

He commended development partners both bilateral and multilateral for their desire to support the government address environmental challenges, saying the government had secured 2.0 billion US dollars from China to add to the resources of the Ministry.

Nana Otuo Siriboe II, the Chairman of the Council of State, said the current state of the country's environmental sanitation was appalling and that Ghana was ranked the 7th dirtiest country in the world.

He urged government to review all past strategic documents to identify factors impeding success in addressing environmental issues and develop actionable policies for effective implementation and called for holistic discourse devoid of politics to ensure the government provided affordable quality water to meet the Sustainable Development Goal number six.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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