18.08.2004 General News

National Water Policy in the offing

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Accra, Aug 18, GNA - The Ministry of Works and Housing (MWH) would soon come out with a National Water Policy, Dr Charles Brempong-Yeboah, Deputy Minister of Works and Housing disclosed in Accra, on Wednesday. Speaking at a workshop of the Policy, Monitoring and Management Support (PMMS) Component of the Water and Sanitation Sector Programme (WSSPS), Dr Brempong-Yeboah stated that under the policy, MWH would act as the policy-making and monitoring institution responsible for water issues.

The PMMS is one of the four components of the WSSPS.

The other components are the District Based Water Supply (DBWS), the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and the School Health Education (SHE).

The workshop, organised by the Water Directorate of the Ministry with funding from DANIDA, was attended by stakeholders in the water sector including the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, the Water Resource Commission, the Policy Directorate of the Ministry of Local Government and Water and Sanitation NGOs, in Ghana.

It afforded the participants the opportunity to brainstorm on a report compiled by the Water Directorate under the second phase of the Water and Sanitation Sector Programme Support (WSSPS).

Dr Brempong-Yeboah, who is also the MP for Atiwa in the Eastern Region, said the MWH attached great importance on the water sector, since it was one of the core activities of the Ministry.

He commended DANIDA for supporting the WSSPS and said it was well timed with the Ministry's priorities to ensure that majority of Ghanaians in rural communities had access to potable water within the next five years.

The Deputy Minister stated with donor assistance of 103 million dollars, seven out of the 10 regions in the country would benefit from the supply of good-drinking water over the next 18 months.

Dr Brempong-Yeboah said with a World Bank package for 26 million dollars, the facility would be extended to the three other regions. He said the Ministry would pool resources to ensure that stakeholders in the water sector collaborated to avoid duplications in their activities and functions.

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