Ministry launches project to improve on the sanitation conditions

By
Morkporkpor Anku/ Lilliana Owusu-Akyem, GNA

Accra, Oct. 11, GNA – The Ministry of
Sanitation and Water Resources has launched a $53.86 million Greater Accra
Sustainable Sanitation and Livelihood Improvement Project (GASSLIP) to improve
on the sanitation conditions in the metropolis.

The Project is aimed at increasing access to
safe and sustainable sanitation to the residents of the Greater Accra
Metropolitan Area (GAMA), targeting the urban and peri-urban poor residents.

Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister of
Sanitation and Water Resources speaking at the launch, said out of the total
project cost, the African Development Bank (AfDB) was providing $48.85
million, whereas the Government and the Beneficiary Communities, were contributing
$5.01 million, with an expected completion period of four and half years.

The project seeks to provide domestic and
municipal level sanitation infrastructure, support skills development and
livelihood improvements, as well as enhancing the capacity of Sanitation
Service Providers and the participating Assemblies to better deliver and manage
sanitation services in GAMA.

She said it was also expected to impact
positively on the health and human productivity, thus, contributing to the
socio-economic well-being of the people within the GAMA.

“This will contribute significantly towards
the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2, ‘Achieve access
to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030’,” she added.

She said indeed government recognised the
challenges posed to the management of sanitation in the big towns and cities
and their implications for the well-being of the people.

She said as a result, “since assuming office,
we have not relented on our responsibility at finding the most appropriate
prescription to address it.”

She said in view of the quantum of funds being
committed to the project, coupled with what the expected deliverables were, “we
should recognise the enormous responsibilities on the Ministry of Sanitation
and Water Resources, Ministry of Finance, the participating Metropolitan
Municipal Assemblies (MMAs) and the Bank to complete the project on schedule,
so that 1.9million targeted population within the project catchment area would
realise the full benefits.”

The Minister assured the management of AfDB
that the Ministry would leave no stone unturned in effectively coordinating,
supervising and monitoring the implementation of the project to ensure its
successful completion.

Madam Dapaah requested that the project be
expanded to cover the nine newly-created Municipal Assemblies with the GAMA and
this request has been necessitated by the fact that, at the project appraisal
stage, the number of beneficiary MMAs were 11.

However, with the creation of additional
Assemblies by the Government, the current number of MMAs with the GAMA has
increased to 20, though within the same geographical area.

She also advocated the replica of the vital
project in the major cities in the country such as Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi,
Tamale, Cape Coast and the other regional capitals to help accelerate the
process of improving sanitation in the country.

She said the Bank had been supportive to this
country not only in the WASH sector, but also in the areas of roads, health,
agriculture, forestry and skills development.

Dr Yero Baldeh, Country Manager, African
Development Bank said the launch was a critical milestone and an important step
towards project implementation and achieving the agreed results, for the
benefit of the Ghanaian people.

He said the Bank had been a true partner in
Ghana’s development and had focused on infrastructure development, human
capital development as well as support for improved governance in the immediate
past years.

He said the Bank had taken a lead role in
financing key infrastructure and other activities key to the country’s
development needs.

“The growing partnership with the government
and people was manifested by the growth of the Bank’s portfolio and the Bank’s
current portfolio in Ghana comprises 21 operations totalling $754 million,” he
added.

He said some of the key flagship projects that
the Bank had either supported or planning to support under our current
programming cycle included the Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3
facility, the Fufulso-Sawla road, the Savannah Productivity Improvement Project

GNA

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