5.7m Ghanaians to benefit from government’s water project

BY: graphic.com.gh
Cecilia Dapaah - Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources
Cecilia Dapaah - Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah says 5.7 million Ghanaians will be placed on the government’s water project across the country by the year 2023.

She said ongoing water projects in Keta, Damongo, Tamale Water, Sekondi, Wenchi, Yendi and Sunyani will help achieve the above-mentioned goal.

This, she noted will help Ghana to also achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation.

“That is why I am proud to say that the government is on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 for water and sanitation,” she added. 

Mrs Dapaah said this while speaking to the media on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, during a working visit to the Keta Water Supply System in the Volta Region.

Visit

The visit was to equip the minister and her entourage, who included her Deputy, Mr Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, with firsthand information on the progress of work on the Keta water project.

The minister, who was delighted at the progress of work on the Keta water system, commended the contractors, consultants and the municipal chief executive for the area for the progress on the project.

She said in the case of Wenchi water project, the contractors were on-site, while for Tamale, Damongo water projects, value for money had been done.

“All the sod-cutting we did last year are bearing fruits. We are also doing value for money for Sunyani, Sekondi Takoradi water projects,” she added.

She further thanked the chiefs and traditional rulers for their supportive role, especially in the provision of land for the project.

Compensations

Mrs Dapaah also urged the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in the area to ensure that compensations are paid to persons affected by the water project.

“It is also good that we have workers staying on-site, and also to hear that the old bungalows are going to be rehabilitated and made fit for purpose for the workers,” she added.

Mrs Dapaah affirmed that the government’s “mantra of water for all” was not just a slogan, stressing the government is working hard to fulfill its promises. 

“If people say we are sloganeering it is not true. It is not factual; everything that we say we try to do them. So work has started and very soon we will see action here,” she assured.

Keta Water Supply System

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for South Tongu, Emmanuel Lewis Agamah, named Agordome, Sogakope, Atiavi, Dabala, Lolito, Galosota,  Salo, Agottoe, Anloga, Woe, Tegbi, Dzelukope, and Keta as some of the communities to benefit fron the Keta water supply system

For his part, the acting General Manager of GWCL at Keta, Dr Remy Puoru, was full of praise for the government following its initiative to rehabilitate the Keta water project.