CONIWAS honours 7 individuals & 5 organisations at Mole XXX

Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) has honoured seven (7) individuals and five (5) institutions for their remarkable and demonstrated contributions towards the development of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and the Mole conference Series.

The individuals and the organisation were honoured at an awards night which was held alongside of this year’s Mole conference series in Ho the Volta Regional capital.

This year’s, awards were divided into three categories: the Mole Stewardship awards, The Mole Life Time Awards and The Mole Hall of Fame Awards.

The Mole Stewardship awards

The Mole Stewardship awards went to Mrs. Loretta Roberts who was the first Vice Chairperson of CONIWAS and currently a WASH Specialist with UNICEF.

She was honored for demonstrating a sustained passion for the rural sanitation development in the country.

Her individual passion has also been demonstrated in strong support for policy and strategic development for the sanitation sub-sector.

The Deputy Director at the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate, Mr. Kweku Quansah was also awarded under the same category for demonstrating a high level of commitment to the development of the sanitation sector in Ghana.

According to the organisers Mr. Quansah has remained a brilliant interface between government and CSOs within the sanitation sub-sector.

And the last person to honour under the Mole Stewardship awards was a former Country Representative of WaterAid Ghana, Dr. Stephen Ntow, who is currently, the Director of WASH Health Solutions.

Dr. Ntow, was also honoured at the night for demonstrating a sustained commitment to institutional capacity development in Ghana throughout his life. Whiles IRC received an award for remaining the knowledge management hub in the WASH sector.

“IRC aside it’s expertise in knowledge management have also contributed massively to the research and development of innovative WASH products and services.”  The organisers stated.

The Mole Hall of Fame Awards

Under this category, World Vision was awarded for providing sustainable WASH services, continued sector support and community empowerment in Ghana.

The international charity organisation has demonstrated strong commitment to moving communities from reliance to resilience and contributed massively to WASH in Schools and child wellbeing.

UNICEF was also honoured for remaining an outstanding sponsor to CONIWAS, the Mole Conference Series and the WASH sector as a whole in Ghana.

UNICEF contribution has included sanitation, water, gender and disability; WASH in emergencies, research and others.

Afram Plains Development Organisation (APDO) also received an award for standing tall in terms of innovation, knowledge development and sharing, partnerships and resource mobilization.

APDO has expanded operations to the Volta and Northern Regions while it has also contributed to the development of young professionals for the WASH sector as well as national level advocacy.

Life Time Awards

Under this category, Prof, Mawuena Dotse was honoured for his massive contribution to the development of several WASH strategies for the sector.

It was revealed on the night that Prof, Dotse has made brilliant inputs into various policy and strategy development processes.

The next to receive the honour under the lift time category was Bishop Nathaniel Adams, who have been
working with the Church of Christ Rural Development Project for decades, used his congregation and the church to become change agents in WASH delivery.

He was awarded for demonstrating strong passion for WASH service delivery in deprived areas in the country.

Bishop Nathaniel Adams is one of the two individuals who has attended about 28 Mole conference series.

The Executive Secretary of the Water Resources Commission, Mr. Ben Yaw Ampomah, was also honoured for playing a remarkable role in the development of the sector’s Integrated Water Resources Management strategy, the Water Charter and transboundary water policies and strategies.

The last award for the night went to, Mrs. Hawa Nibi Amenga – Etego of the blessed memory who was remembered for her outstanding achievements in gender and WASH advocacy in Ghana.

Throughout her working life with the Foundation for Grassroots Initiatives in Africa (Grassroots Africa) she seized opportunities of sector platforms to share vast experiences and lessons as a contribution to gender mainstreaming in Ghana’s WASH sector.

The Chairman of CONIWAS Mr. Martin Derry, in a brief statement noted that, the individuals and institutions featured in this brief have been given special recognition for their remarkable contribution to the development of the WASH sector.

However,  he was quick to add that the gesture was in no way to suggests that awardees at the night were the only people and institutions which had made remarkable contributors to the sector.

In attendance at this year’s awards night were the chairman, vice chairman, Ranking & deputy ranking and some members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Works and Housing.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklinadonkoh@gmail.com

 

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