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Ghana: Kumawu MP Inspects Water Project

Kumawu-Ashanti — The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumawu, Mr. Philip Kennedy Kwame Basoah, has paid a visit to the camp of Messrs Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited, the Israeli contractor executing a 3K water project.

MP Basoah was at the project site last week Wednesday to acquaint himself with progress of work on the project, which is to benefit the people of Kumawu and Konongo in the Ashanti Region, and the Kwahu Ridge in the Eastern Region, as well as find out challenges being faced by the contractor.

The inspection tour of the MP was occasioned by rumours that the contractor would not go by the original master plan for the completely new Kumawu water supply system.

The project was billed to serve Kumawu and 26 communities after raw water had been abstracted from the Afram River at Aframso for treatment and pumped through two separate transmission lines to Kwaman.

From there, the pumping would be in three phases to the beneficiary communities, via the Kumawu system, which would have five concrete ground level reservoirs at the treatment plant, as well as six concrete elevated 2,000 cubic metre capacity tanks at Drobonso, Kumawu, Jaduakom, Kwaman and Kyebi.

The 3k water project is being funded by Messrs Bank Hapoalim B. M. of Israel, under a mixed loan agreement entered into by the Ghana Government in April 2008.

The contractor is to implement the Kwahu Ridge Water Supply Rehabilitation and Expansion project, Konongo Water Supply and Expansion project, and an entirely new water supply system for Kumawu, under the consultancy of ADK Consortium, representing the Ghana Government per the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, with Ghana Water Company Limited as the implementing entity.

Mr. Francis Ocansey, Resident Engineer of the project, who briefed the MP about the progress of work during the visit, disclosed there had been changes in the original plan to meet financial constraints.

According to him, ten communities, which are Aframso, Jaduako, Kwaman/Pepease, Kumawu, Abotanso, Besoro, Woaraso, Bodomase and Timati, have been captured in the first phase of the Kumawu Water project, and that negotiations were under way to ensure that all other communities, originally factored into the project, benefit from it.

The Engineer said 53,167 metres of pipe lines had been laid and buried, awaiting pressure testing, while six elevated water tanks were at the foundation level.

Ing. Ocansey said the construction of ground level reservoirs would begin by the end of this month, and that construction of water treatment plants and intake points would commence by the close of 2013.

He said, however, that in spite of the initial delays, the two phase project was within cost, as there had been an enhancement in the contract sum of $236 million, from the original $120 million.

The Resident Engineer complained that the contractor was challenged in the fact that the scope of work required the contractor to do the designs, construction and procurement.

He said besides the central government raising GH¢23,615 to pay compensation to land owners for right of way for routes of the pipe lines and storage sites, new components had been added to the project.

He said, while an office complex was to be built for the management and staff to man the distribution at Kumawu, a new 864 cubic metre water treatment plant and 3.7 kilometres of distribution lines would be constructed at Konongo.

Ing. Ocansey said the Konongo expansion required a 220 cubic metre treatment plant, but had to be increased to 864 cubic metres per hour, alongside 1,000 cubic raw water storage, to meet an envisaged population for 2025.

He said Biwater Ghana had been contracted to lay the pipes at Kumawu with Consar Limited doing the construction of elevated water tanks and ground level reservoirs, while Blessed Field Company was for the distribution lines for the Konongo expansion works.

Mr. Nissim Elus, the contractor, said the project was scheduled to be completed by 2015, and indicated that a booster pumping station would be tested in October this year.

MP Basoah, who expressed satisfaction at the level of work done so far, promised to make the necessary personal inputs to ensure that the project was smoothly implemented.

He urged the contractor to ensure that the project was executed according to the original master plan, by prevailing upon the Ghana Water Company, as the implementing agency, to capture all intended beneficiary communities to have access to water under the project.

Mr. Basoah hoped the project would be completed in time to help address the perennial water shortage in the area to enhance socio-economic and farming activities.

The MP, who was accompanied by constituency executives of the NPP, including the constituency chairman, Mr. Joseph Danso, was conducted round the sites for the construction of elevated water tanks and ground level reservoirs at Bodomase and Besoro.

Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive, Mr. Samuel Asiamah of the Sekyere Afram Plains District, has commended the MP for the initiative of complementing the efforts of the District Administration at ensuring the speedy execution of the project.

He said the development of the district called for efforts from all factions to strive for the best for the constituents.

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Ghana: Ghana Gets Three Million Sanitation Support From Japan

The Government of Japan is providing support to help upgrade sanitation and hygiene in four districts in the Northern Region of Ghana with a grant facility of $3 million.

The four districts namely, Saboba, East Gonja, West Gonja and some peri-urban areas in the Tamale Municipality were selected because of their low sanitation coverage as compared to other districts in the region.

The Northern Region of Ghana was selected over the other nine regions because of the comparatively high prevalence of water and sanitation related diseases like diarrhea, buruli ulcer, and intestinal worms. Final selection of target communities and schools will be based on factual performance data on sanitation and hygiene as well as local priority as perceived by key district and regional actors.

The aim is to reach 75 communities with an estimated total of 112,500 individuals, including 4,000 school children in 16 schools, over a period of 3 years.

To end, an agreement was signed between the World Bank, and the SNV -Netherlands Development Organization, which are administering the fund to Ghana implement the project.

The objective of the Project is to improve the sanitation and hygiene practices of an estimated 112,500 poor and vulnerable persons in the four districts of northern Ghana, Noriaki Sadamoto, the First Secretary of the Japan Embassy explained.

He stated: “It will involve the provision of improved sanitation facilities to households and schools within the selected region. For sustainability, the project will involve the development of low cost sanitation technology options, creating and strengthening existing sanitation supply chains, through the promotion of social marketing techniques.”

The project will have include components: stimulating demand for sanitation and hygiene services through behavioral change communication (BCC) under the community led total sanitation concept in communities; direct investment from project funds into school sanitation and hygiene facilities in 16 schools and Monitoring and Evaluation, and Knowledge Dissemination and Project Management and Administration as well as strengthening private sector participation.

Mr. Sadamoto hoped that the collaboration effort will bring sanitation and hygiene improvements in a sustainable and efficient management to the beneficiary communities.

On his part, the Country Director of the World Bank for Ghana, Yusupha Crookes said not only would SNV Ghana be held accountable on what results were promised as against what was achieved, but also changes the various facilities in the households and schools make on the reduction of diseases and improvement in the general welfare of the people.

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Ghana: PV Calls for Accountability in Sanitation & Water Delivery

Kumasi — Mr. Paul Victor Obeng, a senior Presidential Adviser, has called on stakeholders in the water and sanitation to work hard to improve the sectors. The occasion was the 24th edition of the Mole Conference in Kumasi, under the theme, “Building Effective Partnership for Scaling-Up Sustainable Sanitation Service in Ghana.”

It was organised by the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), with support from many sector players, including the Ministries of Water Resources, Works and Housing and Local Government and Rural Development.

The Mole Conference annually brings together state agencies, civil society organisations, and private participators in water and sanitation to brainstorm on how to improve access to these services.

Delivering a keynote address on behalf of the President, Mr. Obeng reflected on the current level of access to improved toilets of 15% against the MDG target of 54% with just 29 months to go, and admitted that this was an indication that all was not well with Ghana’s sanitation management.

He urged the conference to focus on building ‘new coalitions of the willing’ that will appreciate our limitations, codify our sanitation challenges, and apply appropriate technologies to improve access to sanitation services.

Mr. Obeng further urged the stakeholders to call themselves to order, and be prepared to name and shame the non-performers.

He stated that Ghana had not achieved its MDGs in water and sanitation with less than three years to 2015, the target year, hence the theme, maintaining that something went wrong, and that there was the need to focus and evaluate on the sector’s objectives.

Professor Mrs. Esi Awuah, Vice Chancellor, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, said even though private sector participation had increased, work could not progress due to bribery and corruption, which had made contracts land in the hands of incompetent people.

She said political interference had also had a negative impact on the sector. This, she said, discouraged people from being responsible, and encourages nepotism, tribalism, and bribery.

According to her, countries were becoming dependent on development partners for service delivery, since governments had low knowledge on quality delivery, adding that the quality of every community is determined by the quality of the mindset of its leadership.

Mr. Akwasi Opong-Fosu, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, tasked District Chief Executives (DCEs) to root-out indiscipline and politics, and execute government policies and bye laws in the sector.

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Ghana: Israeli Water Technologies Seminar to Be Held in Accra

The Embassy of Israel has opened registration for its first water technologies seminar to be held in Ghana.

The seminar dubbed Israeli Water Technologies Seminar – a sneak peek to WATEC 2013, will introduce representatives of leading Israeli water technologies companies and top Israeli researchers who will provide a glimpse into Israel’s efficient and innovative water technologies.

The seminar will bring together Ghanaian private and public sectors, governmental Ministries and agencies, municipal authorities, development agencies and NGOs and representatives of the different private industries – waste management, mining, oil & gas, beverages, pharmaceutical, civil engineering, and others.

It will provide them with a platform to interact and network with their Israeli counterparts.

The seminar will offer a preview of WATEC Israel 2013 -a high profile International Water Technology and Environment Control Exhibition and conference, to be held in Israel in October 22-24, 2013.

Israel’s Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Sharon Bar-li said that WATEC Israel 2013 would focus on urban water and water for industry – topics with high relevancy to Ghana in the context of sewage and sanitation systems, supply of potable water as well as upcoming oil & gas industries and of course – agro-processing industry .

The Ambassador called on Ghanaian professionals from relevant sectors in both public and private spheres to attend. She mentioned that last WATEC Conference in 2011 hosted 27,000 visitors from all over the world.”The Israeli Water Technologies Seminar in Accra is another expression of the Israeli spirit and tradition of sharing knowledge.

We expect it to create new opportunities between both B2B and B2G” Ambassador Bar-li said. Israel is an internationally recognized water solutions hub, having benefited from many years of experience in managing scarce water resources.

Israeli Water Technologies Seminar – a sneak peek to WATEC 2013′ will be held at the Moevenpick Ambassador Hotel on the 10th of September.

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Ghana: GIDA to Develop Irrigation Schemes in the North

The Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA) is to build low technology irrigation infrastructure in lowland areas in the three northern regions to harvest and manage rainwater for rice cultivation.

According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GIDA, Dr Ben Nyamadi, this is to promote the cultivation of rice by guaranteeing the availability of water and reducing drastically the overreliance on rainfall.

“We are targeting 100,000 hectares of low land area. We would build bonds that would trap the water and we would also create channels where the water could be drained when it is too much,” he stated.

Dr Nyamadi spoke to journalists in Tamale at the sidelines of a six-day national training programme for irrigation engineers and supervisors of GIDA organised by the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP) in partnership with GIDA.

The NRGP is an eight-year agricultural project jointly funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Ghana.

Dr Nyamadi said Ghana was underutilising its irrigation potentials and attributed it to low investments in that sector.

“We have 1.9 million hectares of potential irrigable land and only 209,000 hectares, representing about five per cent, has been developed,” he noted.

He mentioned that the country had 56 government-operated irrigation schemes covering a total of 10,200 hectares of farmlands.

He said the biggest irrigation schemes in the three northern regions were the Botanga, Tono, Vea, Golinga and Libiga Irrigation schemes.

Dr Nyamadi said the training being offered the engineers was geared towards improving the standard of irrigation facilities.

He said many irrigation dams did not meet the standard and as a result, easily got bridged.

Dr Nyamadi revealed that GIDA was to undergo restructuring to enable it to enter into public-private-partnership agreements with private entities to pool resources towards developing irrigation dams and other facilities.

The National Co-ordinator of the NRGP, Mr Roy Ayariga, said the NRGP had identified 21 uncompleted irrigation schemes throughout the country that were started by other projects.

“Our funding partners have given us the green light to complete these schemes and also complete inland valleys mainly in the south of Ghana,” he said.

Mr Ayariga said under the infrastructural component, the NRGP had rehabilitated several feeder roads to open up heavy production areas and it also planned to construct warehouses and pack houses.

He attributed the success of the NRGP to co-financing, explaining that “one organisation could not fund all these interventions, especially the infrastructural aspects.”

He, therefore, commended IFAD and AfDB for co-financing the NRGP.

Source: The Daily Graphic

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Ghana: Zoomlion Speaks On Gyeeda Report

Waste Management giant Zoomlion Ghana Limited has mounted an aggressive campaign to redeem its image on the alleged damning Ghana Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurial Development Authority (GYEEDA) report, being serialised by a section of the media.

According to the company, there was a grand scheme by some unidentified persons in the society to collapse the business, but noted that “our detractors will not succeed.”

The acting Director of Communications of Zoomlion, Robert Coleman, in an interview with The Chronicle, refuted claims that (Zoomlion) and a number of its subsidiaries had been cited for wrongdoings in various contracts it had with the GYEEDA.

He said Zoomlion was tasked with the responsibility to rid the cities of Ghana of filth and had never indulged in financial malfeasance allegedly captured in the report of a committee that investigated reported fraud in contracts awarded by GYEEDA to its service providers.

The said GYEEDA report, which had been submitted to President John Dramani Mahama, named Zoomlion as one of the key service providers that grossly disregarded the procurement law, and made unsolicited proposals to GYEEDA for contracts.

President John Mahama, upon receipt of the said report, promised to drastically implement the recommendations in the report.

Mr. Coleman, commenting further on the alleged allegations, said his outfit had not been served with a copy of the said report, and so would not comment extensively until they got a copy.

However, he was of the strong belief that what was being published by a section of the media, especially multimedia, was based on a draft report that may not represent the true situation on the ground.

“All those publications are not true, and when the final report comes out, people will then know what Zoomlion truly stands for,” Mr. Coleman noted in a telephone interview with The Chronicle.

He added: “Zoomlion and its subsidiary companies have done nothing wrong in securing contracts from GYEEDA to help solve the unemployment rate, and also save the country from filth and other environmental diseases.”

Mr. Coleman was worried about the trend of events, and cautioned media houses and other social commentators spearheading the damaging exercise to be mindful of their comments until the final GYEEDA report was out, or face legal action.

He said the company would remain resolute and work hard to achieve its responsibility in solving the sanitation problems in the country.

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Ghana: Climate Change Could Deprive Volta River Basin of Needed Water

ACCRA, GHANA (19 July, 2013) — A new study released today finds that so much water may be lost in the Volta River Basin due to climate change that planned hydroelectric projects to boost energy and food production may only tread water in keeping up with actual demand. Some 24 million people in Ghana, Burkina Faso and four other neighboring countries depend on the Volta River and its tributaries as their principal source of water.

Specifically, the researchers with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and their partners concluded that the combined effects of higher temperatures and diminished rain could mean that by the year 2100, all of the current and planned hydroelectric projects in the basin would not even generate as much power as existing facilities do now.

Meanwhile, there would only be enough water to meet about a third of irrigation demand.

IWMI and other centers involved with the CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are drawing attention to the Volta study as leaders from across Africa gather in Ghana for Africa Agriculture Science Week 2013, under the theme “Africa Feeding Africa.”

“An unreliable supply of water for irrigation will have serious consequences for a region where most people are farmers. Beyond that, there is an urgent need to shift more food production away from rain-fed systems that are subject to the vagaries of climate to irrigated agriculture. This study shows that this strategy is not as dependable as we once thought,” said Matthew McCartney, PhD, a principal researcher and hydrologist at IWMI, which is part of CGIAR, an international consortium of agricultural research institutes. McCartney served as lead author for the study, The Water Resource Implications of Changing Climate in the Volta River Basin, along with colleagues from Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Climate models show temperatures in the Volta Basin rising by up to 3.6 degrees Celsius over the next century–which the scientists warn could significantly increase water lost to evaporation. They also indicate average annual rainfall could drop by about 20 percent. McCartney and his colleagues calculated that water flows in the Volta region could fall by 24 percent through 2050 and by 45 percent by 2100, depriving the basin of water that countries are counting on to drive turbines and feed farms.

“The smart development of water resources is a crucial part of Africa feeding Africa, and we need to understand how climate change might alter water availability in vulnerable regions like the Volta Basin,” said Robert Zougmoré, who leads CCAFS research in West Africa. “This study highlights the need for more innovation and cooperation in the Volta to make sure farmers in the region can adapt to these very challenging conditions caused by global warming.” CCAFS funded the study along with Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Volta River Basin encompasses 402,000 square kilometers. Most of this area is in Ghana and Burkina Faso, with the remainder in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Togo. The basin’s population is expected to reach 34 million people by 2015, up from 19 million in 2000. Agriculture accounts for 40 percent of the basin’s economic activity. As rains become less and less reliable in a changing climate, researchers and policy-makers have been exploring a shift to groundwater or other types of irrigation. Meanwhile, hydroelectric power plants are seen as crucial to sustaining industrial development and expanding economic opportunities.

The Volta Basin is already home to the massive Akosombo Dam, which created Lake Volta, the world’s largest man-made lake by surface area, and fourth largest reservoir by volume. Also coming on-line is the controversial Bui Dam project, which is expected to add 400 megawatts of power to Ghana’s strained power grid, along with 30,000 hectares of irrigated farmland. But the study predicts these projects and many others planned for the basin could fall far short of their potential due to climate change.

For example, it finds that by 2050, there would only be enough water for hydroelectric facilities to perform at about 50 percent of capacity. By the end of the century, there would be only enough to sustain about 25 percent. Irrigation projects would fare better, at least initially. The study finds that if all planned projects are completed, they could double water available for irrigation through 2050. But by 2100, as water losses accumulates, the system would be delivering only slightly more water than irrigation projects provide now, and not nearly enough to meet demand.

The study shows the loss of water in the basin would be especially challenging for poor farmers in rural areas, where agriculture is the primary provider of food and income. In addition to problems for large-scale irrigation projects, the small-scale irrigation that is common throughout the region would also be affected. The IWMI study warns that groundwater could become harder to utilize, “especially the shallow groundwater” typically used in rural communities.

McCartney cautioned that the predictions for water resources in the Volta are not absolute. But he said there are enough warning signs in the data that decision-makers need to be thinking of a more resilient mix of options for energy and agriculture to stand up to the climate challenge. For example, the study suggests considering a broader mix of renewable energy sources, including wind and solar. Water storage options should not be confined to projects that employ large dams, the researchers said. Equal consideration should be given to alternative water storage systems.

For farmers, McCartney said the solutions could include improving groundwater supplies available to rural areas by “recharging” local aquifers with water taken from rivers or reservoirs. This is a practice that is becoming increasingly popular in the water-stressed regions of the world. The study also calls for pursuing relatively simple, small-scale approaches to water storage, such as building small ponds on rural farms and using water tanks with roofs that reduce evaporation.

“Africa has the potential for innovation and solutions. We need to harness that innovation and combine it with solutions that we know work to feed Africa,” said McCartney. “This week’s conference will feature many of these solutions.”

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Ghana: Kasoa Needs Proper Drainage Facilities – Hawa Koomson

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Awutu- Senya East, Mrs. Mavis Hawa Koomson, has called on the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing, together with Department of Urban Roads, to as a matter of urgency construct proper drainage facilities at Kasoa and its immediate environs.

She said her constituency was now witnessing a rise in floods due to unavailability of drainage facilities with the relevant carrying capacity to empty run off waters.

She was speaking yesterday on the floor of Parliament on the menace of floods in Awutu-Senya East, especially in Kasoa.

“The floods have become ritualistic and have brought in its wake another ritual of cholera and other waterborne diseases,” she noted.

The legislator stressed that the need to arrest the rising flood cases in her constituency could not be undermined, since the locality has become the fastest growing town in Ghana.

To buttress her argument, she said Kasoa was now a preferable place to reside for many because of the existence of infrastructural facilities as well as comparatively, low rates of rent charges which has contributed to attracting an estimated average of 40 households weekly.

Mrs. Koomson was quick to add that, the greatest threat to residents in Kasoa was inadequate drainage systems.

“The mere sight of clouds gatehring Mr. Speaker, is enough to alert people in areas like CP, Kpometey, Opeikuma, New Town, Zongo of the coming of the rains. The case is even worse for communities along the Okludu stream,” she noted.

In the opinion of the legislator, a tour around the aforementioned flood prone areas after a downpour would get one emotionally torn apart. She said the floods have in some cases resulted to lost of lives and properties.

Concerned with the situation, Mrs. Koomson appealed to the government to furnish NADMO with adequate resources to enable them carry out life-saving duties times of floods objectively.

She was of the view that NADMO would help save more lives in times of floods if they were been provided with the adequate resources.

“Mr. Speaker, NADMO is doing some work but their effort has not been good enough as flood cases keep on rising. Besides, they do not have adequate logistics like vehicles, canoes, life jackets, tents and others to enable them carry out their life saving mandate. In some cases they respond to distress calls very late or do not show up at all”, she lamented.

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Ghana: Water Ministry Asked to Build Capacity of Local Contractors

Members of the Select Committee on Water Resources Works and Housing in Parliament have called on the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing to invest more in building the capacity of local contractors, so as to enable them undertake constructions of sea defense projects.

The committee was of the view that, often time, sea defense project was not being constructed by the nation’s local contractors, which to them was not the best.

Members of the committee registered their disapproval when they visited some sea defence projects under construction in Anyanui and Ada respectively on Wednesday.

The sea defence project was to reclaim lands, schools, building, roads consumed by the sea during erosion. The sea defence project would further eradicate if not limit the tendency of flooding in the areas.

The first site to be visited by the legislators was the Anyanui, which construction has been completed and Ada, which first phase has also been completed.

Briefing the committee members and press men who visited the sites, Acting Director of the Hydrological Services Department of the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing, Mr. Hubert Osei Owusuansa said prior to the completion of the Anyanui sea defence project by Amandi Company, a foreign entity the community could now engage in its commercial activities.

He added that the community was cut off from its neighboring communities before the sea defence project. He further disclosed that the site which construction begun three years ago was under a total sum of €60 million and has seen the laying of 18 kilometers stretch of 7 Groynes (rocks) of 4 metres high.

Whilst the Ada sea defence project would cost €160 million, the first phase which has been completed was the laying of 15 kilometers stretch of 7 groynes (rocks) and the second phase which he said construction would soon commence would be the laying of 10 kilometres stretch of 10 -15 groynes.

Mr. Osei Owusuansa disclosed that the Ada first phase project was supposed to be completed in December but due to availability of funds by government, it has been completed this month.

First to lead the delegation was the Chairman of the committee, Hon. David Assumeng Tetteh, who though was pleased with the progress of the work and its advantage to the communities, but was of the view that, they would have been more satisfied if the work was done by their own local contractors.

He stressed that the nation cannot be relying on foreign contractors to build the sea defence project, saying “we want more local contractors in this field, I am pleased with the work but if our contractors can perform this way, then we have a good future”, he ascertained.

In view of that, he called on the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing to start building the capacity of local contractors.

His argument was backed by members of the committee who emphasized that the money for the project was loans and so if foreign contractors undertake the projects, the country would only serve as a transit point since the money will go back to foreigners.

The ranking member of the committee, Hon. David Opong Kwesi said the project was a laudable one. He added that until they visited the site, the project did not seem to be significant.

He said the project has enormous benefits on the habitant of the communities and called on government to release funds on time to complete the second phase.

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Ghana: Public Institutions Evading Water Bills

Kumasi — PARTICIPANTS AT a day’s workshop organized by the National Community and Water and Sanitation programme (NCWSP) have complained about non- payments of water bills by government institutions.

They mentioned the Police, Fire service, hospitals, schools and District Assemblies, as well as Electricity Company of Ghana as guilty of this.

The participants, numbering 55, are members of Community Water and Sanitation management team drawn from nine communities; namely Manso-Nkwanta, Bekwai, Esaase, Bontefufuo, Kuntanase, Jacobu, Kokofu, Dompoase and Fomena all in Ashanti region.

They have, therefore, called on appropriate authorities to come to their aid to enable them collect all the accumulated monies in bills.

According to the participants, some of the institutions have accumulated bills to the tune of between GH¢4,000.00 and GH¢40,000.00.

It was mentioned that in the case of Bekwai, the police had threatened the water and sanitation management team with arrest if they dared ask for payment again.

The participants were taken through topics like National community water and sanitation programme, Administrative role of water and sanitation management team and the model bye-laws for water and sanitation management team.

The Regional Director of National community water and sanitation programme, Mr. Stephen Tuffour said the objectives of the programme is to provide access to water and sanitation services for rural communities and small towns in Ghana.

The programme is also to ensure the sustainability of water and sanitation facilities provided as well as maximize health benefits by integrating water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

He said the key elements and principles of the National community water and sanitation programme include Demand Responsive Approach, Decentralized planning, implementation and management, Community ownership and management, Community contribution to capital cost, Private sector provision of goods and services, Integration of hygiene promotion with provision with provision of water and sanitation facilities and Gender mainstreaming at all level and collaboration and coordination with relevant stakeholders.

Mr. J.O. Appiah, a resource person on the Administrative role of water and sanitation management team said record keeping including filing of documents is very important as it prevent papers and documents from being damaged unnecessarily.

He indicated that the practice make location of documents easy and also facilitates inspection of WSMT activities.

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