Lack of Knowledge, Corruption and Nepotism the cause of poor WASH service delivery in Ghana- Prof Esi Awuah
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Professor (Mrs) Esi Awuah has stated that lack of knowledge in the WASH sector, coupled with corruption and nepotism has been the cause of poor service delivery in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Ghana.
Kotei, a dual faced community within the Kumasi Metropolis has been beneficiaries of the Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor (WSUP) initiative since 2010. The Community is two-faced because one part of the town is rural and lacks basic social amenities, whilst the other side is the exact opposite of this with well laid out environment.
WSUP, a United Kingdom based non-for-profit company is a partnership organization made up of partners from the Academia, private sector and NGO. WSUP Work with local service providers, thus agencies and institution mandated by the constitution to deliver service at the community level. WSUP is therefore working with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), to provide improved and dignified sanitation services delivery to the people of Kotei community.
Mr Joseph Yaw Donkor of the Waste Management Department (WMD) of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has hinted that the Assembly would ensure that landlords provide toilet facilities in their properties to raid the city of filth.
This he said, would be done through intensive education and sensitisation on sanitation issues.
Mr Donkor gave the assurance on Thursday at the Noda Hotel in Fumesua, near Kumasi at the 24th Mole Conference organised by the Coalition of NGOs In Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS).
Although several sanitation technologies and financing options are available to Africa, credible business models to take advantage of these are non-existent.
Further, even though demand-led approach to sanitation looks very promising, it is plagued by limitations and lack of knowledge in terms of context, scale and sustainability, while too little attention has been given to on-site sanitation, despite the fact that about 80 per cent of Africa’s population relies on this.
The Senior Presidential Advisor, Paul Victor Obeng, yesterday, August 14, 2013 opened Ghana’s longest running water, sanitation and hygiene conference at Fumesua, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, with a call on the about 140 participants to focus on building new coalitions of those who are willing to change the country’s fortunes.
To him, such action will enable appreciation of Ghana’s limitations, codify the country’s sanitation challenges and apply appropriate technologies to improve access to sanitation services.
At the top of the priorities list of the Ministry of Local government is the issue of sanitation, sector minister, Akwasi Oppong-Fosu has said. Delivering his address at the opening of the three-day 24th Mole Conference in Kumasi on Wednesday, the minister said sanitation will form the basis on which his tenure of office would be assessed.He said the bulk of the work will however be done by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) as the various localities fall under their jurisdictions.
KUMASI (Ghana), Aug. 14 (MOLE)-- The 24th Mole Conference opened in
Kumasi on Wednesday with participants putting the need for scaling up
sanitation coverage in the country under the spotlight.
The three-day conference which was opened by Senior Presidential
Advisor, Paul Victor Obeng had all the main speakers acknowledging
the slow performance in the sector, calling for stronger
collaborations among the stakeholders to scale up Ghana’s performance
in sanitation delivery which is the Millennium Development Goal-seven
Fumesua (Ash), Aug. 14, GNA – Mr Paul Victor Obeng, Senior Presidential Advisor has called on stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector to be bold in putting themselves in check if there has to be improvement.“Call yourselves to order, be prepared to name and shame the non-performers”, he added
The 24th edition of the Mole Conference series (Mole XXIV) got off to a spectacular start on Wednesday, 14th August with women providing an unanticipated but vital direction to drive frank and witty discussions.
It was a rare day at Mole when the close of day came too quickly for many participants, who appeared tireless and still willing to continue discussions. In terms of numbers, it was all square as seven men and seven women respectively took to the speaker’s box. But it was the women who lighted up the day, creating an enabling environment for a hearty deliberation.
Fumesua (Ash), Aug.15, GNA – Mr Eric Opoku, Ashanti Regional Minister
has charged parents and guardians to encourage their children,
especially those of school going age on the need to start practicing
personal hygiene at home.
“Good hygiene practices must be encouraged to provide good health and
promote sanitation,” he added.
He gave the advice in a speech read for him by Mrs Vida Akyea,
Assistant Director of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (RCC)
at Fumesua near Kumasi at the Mole XXIV Conference.