The 31th edition of the Mole Conference series organised by the Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) is currently on-going at the HillView Guest Center-Teiman in the Ga East Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region.
The annual Mole conference series which is the biggest meeting platform where the “Apostles” of WASH meet to discuss national Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues is on the theme: “Prioritizing and Refocusing Sustainable WASH Services Delivery: Lessons From The COVID19 Pandemic”.
Addressing participants at the opening ceremony, during his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of the Coalition of CONIWAS, Mr. Martin Dery Addressing participants at the opening ceremony, during his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of the Coalition of CONIWAS, Mr. Martin Dery urged members of the coalition to enhance their collaboration as a sector so as to harness their various resources to achieve the sustainable development goals and ‘leave no one behind’.
According to him the Coronavirus pandemic has thought the coalition to rethink sustainable WASH services that can preposition the country for any future health and other emergencies, including flooding.
“In view of this, I hope this conference will come up with great suggestions that can move our beloved WASH sector forward to achieve more and to combat any future disasters.” He reiterated.
In another development, the chairman of the Water Resources Commission (WRC), Mr. Minta Aboagye who chaired the opening session of the conference, commended organisers of Mole Conference Series for sustaining the annual event for over three decades and still running.
“Indeed when the invitation came to me, I could not just refuse it. And the question one would ask is, WHY? The simple answer is that MOLE Conference is a BRAND name that has stood the test of time and has over the years garnered both national and international recognition placing it amongst reputable WASH conferences on the international arena.
MOLE Conference has become the platform of repute for the WASH sector actors where issues confronting the sector are passionately discussed and far reaching policy statements issued through the release of powerful communiqués that invariable have influenced government policies and implementation strategies in the sector for its betterment.” He said.
More noteworthy is the fact that the MOLE Conference has been organised consistently and continuously for 31 years without any interruption whatsoever making it the platform of choice for the WASH sector. The initial teething problems associated with organizing such conferences; the anxieties, doubts, frustrations, etc, etc, have all melted into the pot of history and MOLE Conference Series has become the reference point for ironing out and seeking answers to seemingly intractable issues of the sector. Mr. Aboagye further stated.
The MOLE Conference Series has grown from strength to strength over the years and I recall that similar effort was made in the sector with the Ghana Water Forum but unfortunately it could not gain the necessary traction after some three sessions or so when it fizzled out. He opined.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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