Cedi Depreciation Affecting Water And Sanitation Sector

The fall in the value of the Ghana cedi to the major trading currencies such as the dollar and the pound sterling is having a serious toll on the Water Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH Sector of the country.

To this end government has been urged to as a matter of urgency re examine and review its fiscal policy as part of measures to stabilize the local currency.

Country Representative of Water Aid Ghana Dr Afia Zakiya made the call at the Sanitation and Water for All SWA National Roundtable Meeting in Accra.

The Sanitation and Water for All SWA, is a global partnership of over 90 developing country, governments, donors, civil society organizations and other development partners to push for increase political leadership and action on WASH improvement accountability among other sector actors and use scarce resources more effectively.

According to Dr Zakiya , the Problem if not addressed will create inequality in the WASH Sector defeating Ghana’s quest to champion the issue of equity in the West African Sub Region.

She says the serious fall of in the value of the Ghanaian cedi is seriously affecting Water Aid Ghana in its quest to complete some ongoing projects that have been commenced to provide relief to some deprived communities in the country.

This, she laments could greatly affect Ghana’s quest in achieving the Millennium Development Goals on Water and Sanitation.

The roundtable meeting was used to officially outdoor and disseminate the Ghana SWA High Level Meeting commitments to Stakeholders in the WASH Sector.

It also sought to ensure the tenets of the commitment were well understood by sector players and also come out with modalities to track mechanisms, processes and report on the commitment to update players on its fulfillment.

For his part Head of Policy at WAG, Ibrahim Musah challenged the media especially members of the Ghana Watsan journalist Network GWJN to ensure they come out with investigative reports on some inactions of government on the SWA to help inform sector players.

Most of the participants at the meeting also lamented about the inability of the Finance Ministry to avail itself at such crucial stakeholders meeting and several of such meetings despite the critical role they play when it comes to commitments at the SWA HLM.

The roundtable meeting which was organized by Water Aid Ghana brought together representatives from the Local Government Ministry, United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF , Ministry of Water Resources , Water and Housing , Coalition of Non Governmental Organizations in Water and Sanitation, Ghana Health Service , Resource Centre Network and the Ghana Watsan Journalist Network.

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