GHANA: Accra starts its “water for all” program through a new commission

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GHANA: Accra starts its "water for all" program through a new commission ©Ghanaian Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources

With the Water Resources Commission Council, the government of Ghana wants to improve the supply of water to the population. The 15-member board has been operational since October 13th, 2021.

Achieve universal coverage in drinking water. This is the objective of the government of the Republic of Ghana which has just endowed the country’s Water Resources Commission with a 15-member council chaired by Minta Afosa Aboagye.

The aim of this new council is to ensure the availability of water for all Ghanaians, through the establishment of a program. Called “Water for All,” the program will focus on sustainable policies and actions that take into account ecological systems to reduce pollution, promote water use efficiency, strengthen decentralized management organizations, improve the information and knowledge base, and increase education, awareness, and monitoring.

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The success of this mission will depend on the preservation of available water resources, including through international cooperation to improve relations with neighbouring countries. The council will also direct approaches toward building consensus through effective participation of all users and managers of our water resources. “This participation should lead to significant changes in attitudes by raising awareness through interactions between stakeholders, especially Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and traditional authorities whose activities should be recognized and encouraged,” says the Ghanaian Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources. This official also hopes to prevent any inhibiting practices that hinder the progress of the commission’s work and provide solutions to water needs. In the country of more than 31.7 million people, more than 3 million people still do not have access to quality drinking water according to a 2018 report by the French company Veolia.

The launch of the Water Resources Commission Council in Ghana also served as the resumption of activities of the Ghana Committee of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The program is dedicated to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building.

Inès Magoum

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