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Government to develop 3-year strategic plan for water and sanitation

The Government is to develop a three-year strategic plan for the water and sanitation sector this year, Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources has said.

This, he noted, would go a long way to improve on the sanitation and water system in the country as they still pose a major challenge.

Mr. Adda was speaking at the opening of the 2017 Annual Review Conference of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) in Kumasi on Friday.

The five-day conference, under the theme, “Rural Water and Sanitation Services Provision: Current Role of the CWSA, GAPS, and the Way Forward for Effective and Sustainable Delivery”, was to deliberate on the 2016 Report of CWSA and draw programmes for the agency for this year (2017).

According to Mr. Adda, government was arranging a stakeholders’ discussion on how to come up with the strategic plan.

“In a couple of weeks from now, we are going to hold the biggest stakeholders’session to put together, through a wide approach programme, a three-year strategic plan on water and sanitation to help create a path for the gradual solution of our water and sanitation problem,” Mr. Adda indicated.

Mr. Adda noted that, there was goodwill on the part of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta as well as donor sponsors and so there should be a well laid plan to help successfully fight the country’s poor sanitation and water problem.

The chief executive of CSWA, Ing. Worlanyo Kwadjo Siabe pledged the Agency’s support to government determination to provide good water and sanitation for the people to make the country a better place to live in.

He said the Agency had positioned itself well to find sustainable solutions to water and sanitation problems, “however, we will count on government’s support for logistics and subventions.”

“If we are given the needed resources, CWSA is capable of finding solutions to other problems confronting the water and sanitation sector in the country,” Mr. Siabe noted.

Source: Ghanaian Times

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