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21.03.2007 General News

Deputy Minister punches ‘water boys’


Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah has dared workers of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency to assist in eliminating guinea worm disease in Ghana.

She said it is appropriate for the agency to critically explore the changes that are needed to ensure maximum provision of potable drinking water in areas endemic with guinea worm.

“It is a disgrace for Ghana to be trailing behind in Sudan as the most infected guinea worm country in the world and we should all bow down in shame,” the Deputy Minister told workers of CWSA at the opening of their annual review conference held at Elmina Beach Resort on Monday.

She said it was high time for the agency to position itself in achieving the set goals of government of reaching the millennium targets of providing potable water for all by 2015.

Mrs. Dapaah who is also the MP for Bantama said her ministry was prepared to make resources available to CWSA to implement its policy of providing water in the rural communities, especially, in deprived areas where acute water shortage was endemic.

The Central Regional Minister, Nana Ato Arthur said the NPP government was committed to providing social infrastructure to improve the living standards of Ghanaians and called for support from the Ghanaian populace.

He bemoaned excessive workshops of CWSA which did not in anyway help the organisation in improving access of water to rural communities.

He therefore called for an end to the practice and focus on reality of water provision to the various communities in the country.

Source: The Chronicle