The minister was addressing yesterday in Accra at the inauguration of the Water Resources Commission (WRC15-member )’s Board.
The government plans to implement a Water for All initiative to ensure an adequate supply of water throughout the country.
Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, who revealed this, noted that the program would be underpinned by sustainable ecological policies to reduce pollution for effective water use.
Furthermore, she stated that the initiative would focus on building decentralized management bodies in the water sector, as well as intensifying education, awareness creation, and water body monitoring.
“These actions will be taken because the government wants to ensure that all residents have access to clean water in order to live healthy, productive, and happy lives,” she added.
Mr Minta Afosa Aboagye, a President nominee, chairs the board.
Other members include the WRC’s Executive Secretary, Mr Ben Yaw Amponsah; representatives from the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Mr Yendor Ziema Jacob; the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), Mr Worlanyo Kwadjo Siabi; the Ministry of Works and Housing’s Hydrology Department, Mr Sylvester Darko; and the Volta River Authority (VRA), Mr Abdul Noor Wahab.
Mr Richard Oppong-Boateng of the Ghana Irrigation Development Agency (GIDA), Prof. Mike Yaw Osei-Atweneboana of the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), Dr Michael Mawutor Tanu of the Meteorological Services Agency, Mr Ransford Sekyi of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Mr John McDonald Allotey of the Forestry Commission are also on the board.
Mr Collins Anim Sackey of the Minerals Commission, a traditional ruler, Togbe Gbogbolulu V, and two additional President nominees, Ms Afua Gyamfua Owusu-Akyaw and Adelaide Ntim, round up the list.
Mr. Aboagye stated that the board will work with other stakeholders to address negative human activities such as pesticide use for farming near water bodies, deforestation, and illicit mining that degraded water bodies.
He promised the minister that the board will play its part in assisting the government in effectively implementing the Water for All program.
“As the demand for water rises and waste water generation rises, we must focus more on water recycling,” stated the board chairman.