General News of 2012-10-05

Minister announces new water company for Ghana

There is a new vehicle for the country’s water supply. It may not be exactly new but it hopes to do new things to improve management and supply.

The vehicle is the coming together of the Ghana Urban Water Company which took over from the Aqua Vitens Rand the Ghana Water Company Limited.

This was announced by the sector minister E.T Mensah in Accra today.

He also inaugurated a 12-member implementation committee to see to the merger of the two utility service providers and plan for total reform of the sector.

“In close consultation with relevant stakeholders, a number of options were developed and presented for the consideration of the Ministry including for each option, the legal and financial implications as well as the necessary implementation steps, the sector Minister, ET Mensah said.

He said the implementation committee has therefore decide to implement the option chosen which is: "The amalgamation of Ghana Water Company Ltd and Ghana Urban Water Ltd with a single national utility with the office Ghana Water Company Ltd playing the role of asset holding authority and entering into internally delegated performance contracts with regional departments.

The minister was optimistic the committee will modernize the system and help cost recovery because less than five hundred thousand Ghanaians currently pay their water bills.

The committee, whose work is fully funded by the World Bank is expected to present its report in February 2013.

The Chairman of the Committee Nii Boi Ayibonte said the committee is committed to ensuring that the goal and objective of the committee are achieved.

He also called on the support of all stakeholders and the government.