The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah has said that the entire country will be open defecation free by the year 2030 as entrenched in SDG goal 6.
Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Sugandh Rajaram paid a courtesy call to the Sanitation and Water Resources Minister at the ministry in Accra today to cooperate with the ministry to fight and eradicate open defecation and also to provide good water for the people of Ghana.
The Indian High Commissioner together with Sanitation minister has let known that the Axim Bank in India has given out 30 million dollars for a substantial water project to commence at Yendi.
Mr. Sugandh Rjaram established that Ghana-India has common problems associated with water and sanitation so there is the need to work hand in hand to solve these problems effectively.
According to the Minister, Sanitation is purity, therefore, the indefatigable President, Nana Addo has pledged to give Ghanaians a better life with proper sanitation and good water for all to enhance the standard of living hence the creation of the Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry adding that the ministry has put so many things in place in terms of resources and projects to curb open defecation in the country.
Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah added that within 3 years in office the ministry has been able to provide over 1,3000 household toilets serving about 5,948 communities with 832,000 beneficiaries as she stressed that the ministry is also increasing in water coverage in both rural and urban areas with the help of the assembly members and the unit committee members as supervisors of the projects to the achieve the campaign of the President “good water for all”.
She stressed that the activities of some groups of people like illegal miners, factory workers, and others have caused damage to various water bodies in the country which has really affected the country but the ministry will help curb it.
Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah again urged the good people of Ghana to also help and work hard to eradicate open defecation in their various communities to enhance proper sanitation in the country.
On matters arising, the Sanitation and Water Resources Minister has appealed to Ghanaians to maintain personal hygiene and also be careful with the people around us in other not to attract coronavirus adding that we should pray for the affected countries to overcome the sickness so that they can live their normal life again.
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