Fourth Ghana Water Forum ends in Accra

Alhaji Collins Dauda - Minister of Works, Housing and Water Resources
Alhaji Collins Dauda – Minister of Works, Housing and Water Resources

The fourth Ghana Water Forum, aimed at creating a platform for Ghana’s political leadership, water sector professionals, stakeholders and partners to discuss opportunities and challenges in the sector has ended in Accra.

The forum was on the theme: “Monitoring and Evaluation: Key to sustaining and Up-scaling WASH Services” aimed at achieving water security for Ghana’s socio-economic development.

It was also to build consensus on water security and provide recommendations for consideration at the highest political level.

Mr Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing said the water sector should be congratulated for working hard in achieving the target of 63 per cent of coverage in urban and 64 per cent coverage in rural water supply.

He expressed the need for the monitoring and evaluation of water, sanitation and hygiene services, since it offers the platform for stakeholders to contribute in improving the activities of the sector.

“In order to ensure better coordination of interventions and activities within the water sub- sector, there is the need for a framework which will serve as a reference point for projects initiated in the sector,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to the development partners and other stakeholders in the WASH sector for their support.

Mrs Regina Adu-Twum, who represented the Chairman of the National Development Planning Committee, said monitoring and evaluation plays a vital role in ensuring performance, results and making informed decisions, which serves as a tool in determining if the country is on course.

She said lack of consistent and sufficient data pose a threat to decision making, and urged the ministry to take practical steps to control and improve the situation.

Source: GNA

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