General News of Thursday, 22 January 2015
President John Mahama has said Ghana has achieved its target for water as far as the Millennium Development Goals are concerned.
By 2015, the United Nations aimed to achieve all the eight goals of the MDGS, the seventh of which to halve the proportion of people who are unable to reach or afford safe drinking water and who lack basic sanitation.
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.
The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals were created to dramatically improve the lives of the World’s poorest. Many of these eight goals are water-related.
The achievement of goal seven will enable the realisation of other goals, such as reducing the under-five child mortality rate by 66 percent, and ensuring that children can complete a full course of primary schooling.
Speaking to Ghanaians in Germany during his recent two-day state visit, President Mahama said: “We’ve achieved the MDG in water…before the end of 2015, we’ve achieved the MDG in water.
“If you go to the rural areas, we are closer to 70 percent, about 68 percent in water coverage for rural communities, that is access to clean drinking water, and then in the urban areas we are 65 percent,” President Mahama said.
Mr Mahama also said the government is undertaking a water expansion projects to supply more potable water.