Report by: Ben LARYEA
The United Nations agencies in the country has commended the Ministry for Sanitation and Water Resources for its commitment in addressing the challenges on sanitation, water and other related issues in the country.
According to the agencies, they are extremely satisfied with the works and operations of the ministry and have therefore commended government for setting up the ministry.
“The United Nations’ country teams in this regard will provided the needed resources to support the ministry in its quest to make the country free from filth and ensure the provision of portable water to all parts of the country”, the UN agencies said.
The agencies made this known during a courtesy call on the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecelia Abena Dapaah at her office to brief her on their 2020 commitment and support to the ministry and challenges which could be addressed by the respective agencies.
The agencies include United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Human Settlement, Programme (UN-HABITAT).
The rest are Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
In an opening remark, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Chief of Missions for the International Organisation for Migration, Ms. Sylvia Lopez Ekra said the engagement with the ministry is to discuss and deliberate on the key priorities of the ministry and its developmental agenda in the WASH sector.
According to her, the ministry has made tremendous strides in the areas of sanitation and water hence the UN agencies will support the ministry in the implementation of its polices to help drive its goals, since the UN has declared the year 2020 to meet its global time lines.
“The UN agencies have engaged its stakeholders and other parties on their priorities for the year, 2020 and the way forward in their activities”, the UN Resident Coordinator added.
In an address, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Ceclia Abena Dapaah said her outfit is impressed with the cordial relationship between the ministry and the UN agencies saying their support have enhanced the core mandate especially in the areas of sanitation and water.
She hinted that government was reviewing the national policy on water and added government was taking steps to institute the sanitation authority where sanitation related issues on liquid and solid waste will also be addressed.
The Minister said that government has constructed waste treatment plant to recycle solid waste into compose and pellets for commercial purposes and also pointed out that 27,000 household toilets have been constructed in Accra under the GAMA project.