CWSA commended for efforts to improve service
By: Ida T. Nakaar
The Upper West Regional office, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, (CWSA) on Wednesday, organized a regional stakeholder’s conference to deliberate on the new rural water and sanitation sub-sector reforms arrangements towards sustainability of water and sanitation facilities.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 mandated all member states that were signatories to those goals to ensure the provision of clean water, sanitation and hygiene to its citizens by 2030.
Mr. Thaddeus Aasonglenang Arkum, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Nandom, who chaired the occasion, applauded the agency for its bold step to undertake reforms to improve on service delivery.
“When it comes to healthy life it’s all about potable water, sanitation and hygiene”, Mr. Aasonglenang said, and added that those three pillars were very important in ensuring that people in rural and urban communities live a healthy life.
He added that if water and sanitation issues were treated like an economic venture, it would have improved the local economy and people would to collectively live a better life.
The one day conference was attended by participants drawn from the various districts in the region and aimed at soliciting views on the new rural water and sanitation sub-sector reforms arrangements.
The theme of the conference was “Reforming Ghana’s Rural Water Sub-Sector towards Efficient Management of WASH Services to Rural Communities and Small Towns.
In his welcome address, Mr. Amidu Chienie Issahaku, the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister said the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) was aware that the success of the reforms depended largely on their commitment to provide relevant “hand holding and back dropping support through the Municipal and District Assemblies” in the region.
He reminded participants of government and the CWSA’s interest in the operations and management of water systems and related matters.
He also assured the people that the RCC would continue to monitor the reforms and ensure that it succeeded in the region.
On his part the Upper West Regional Director, CWSA Mr. Dodji Messan Attiogbe noted that the agency had achieved some positive results following the policy reforms that were ongoing to transform the agency to assume direct responsibility for the provision and management of potable water in communities.
Mr. Attiogbe was optimistic that the agency would manage a total of 27 Small Town Water Systems in the region, and explained that while 35 per cent of the water systems were functioning, about 25 per cent were not functioning at all.
He also assured the people of the region that in spite of their, the agency was confident of the quality and volume of water they supplied to the various communities.
Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim Adokor, Chief Planning and Investment Analyst at CWSA, said the agency had embarked on the reforms since 2017 to vary the model of management of the water system they provided to the various communities.