Political parties urged to prioritise sanitation issues

By
Samira Larbie, GNA

Accra, Aug. 27, GNA – Ms Antoinette
Shor-Anyawoe, the Acting Country Director of WaterAid Ghana, has encouraged
political parties to integrate Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues in
their manifestoes and discuss same on their political platforms.

This, she said, was necessary to create
awareness of WASH issues during the 2016 general election and awaken key
stakeholders to take concrete actions.

Ms Shor-Anyawoe was speaking at the 56
National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) meeting organised by WaterAid
Ghana in Accra to brief stakeholders on the WASH campaign for national
development.

It was on the theme: “Water Sanitation and
Hygiene (WASH) and Election 2016 in Ghana”.

It aims at soliciting support for WASH
implementation and collectively discuss the way forward in ensuring its success
and prioritisation in Ghana.

Ms Shor-Anyawoe said political parties in
their previous manifestoes had drafted policies on sanitation but that was
marginal hence the need to make it their centre piece and discuss it vehemently
to achieve the required change.

She said often times political parties saw
sanitation issues as merely constructing toilet facilities and providing water
but it moves beyond that to sustainability to ensure the amenities served for a
long term.

She said Ghana had signed onto so many
Sustainable Development Goals but their implementation was the problem and
urged the political parties to show commitment by ensuring the programme worked
for the benefit of all.

Mr Enoch Cudjoe, the Acting Policy Manager of
WaterAid Ghana, said there was the need for communities and political parties
to scale up the support now and after the elections.

He, thus, called for the necessary by-laws to
be enforced to shape both political parties and communities as far as
sanitation and health issues are concerned.

Reverend Stephen Yaw Osei, the Director of
Policy Budget, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, said: “Water is
life, sanitation is dignity and hygiene is health and, thus, partnering with
WaterAid through this initiative would make citizens very healthy”.

He said government alone could not handle the
situation and, therefore, needed private entities to come on board to address
the challenge.

He appealed for massive public support to
ensure that the achievement of the various policies and programmes outlined in
the plan did not become a mirage.

GNA

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