General News of Monday, 22 July 2019
US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan has stated that a five-year project has been rolled out to supply water to over 300,000 people living in the rural areas of Ghana.
The project which costs about $19 million in partnership with the Sanitation Ministry will supply water to nine regions of Ghana.
She made this known during her courtesy call to the Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah on Monday, July 22, 2019.
During her call, she said, “For this five-year project, we have over 19 million dollars that we expect to supply over 300,000 people predominately in the rural areas who have as you mentioned difficulty accessing water”.
Responding to the US Ambassador’s call, the Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah noted that her outfit has put up plans awaiting funding to make sure these vulnerable persons are being catered for.
She also noted that the recently approved Tamale Water Project will produce 30 million gallons of water a day, hence a huge capacity system to cater for a huge population till 2040.
The Minister, on the other hand, noted that there has been a massive improvement on the 1 household 1 toilet project being done by the Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly (GAMA), which is funded by both the World Bank and Government of Ghana.
“We have the GAMA project, World Bank funded as well as GOG funded. We are providing toilets in homes and the vision is to have 1 toilet 1 house policy expanded to make sure people have dignity in sanitation. They are also working closely with Ghana Water Company Limited to pipe water to homes”, she said.
She further said, 1,200 toilets are built every month in homes, hoping the policy is expanded to make sure people have dignity in sanitation.
However, this 1 household 1 toilet project has a revolving fund of $600,000 lodged in two banks where people can access funds for the project and repay within three or six months.
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