Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has tasked stakeholders in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to find local solutions to solve local problems.
According to her the time has come for Ghanaians to come up with local solutions to address local problems than to always looking elsewhere (America, Europe, Asia etc.) for solutions to our problems.
Mrs. Dapaah gave the task at the 2019 Mole Conference held at the plush Volta Serene Hotel in Ho, the Volta regional capital.
This annual WASH conference dubbed “Mole Conference Series” is the biggest platform where Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), states agencies in the WASH sector and members of the Ghana WASH Journalists Network to review the current sector landscape and identify contextual issues for reflections, as well as to stimulate dialogue on sector best practices.
This year’s conference which is the 30th edition of Mole Conference Series was under the theme: “30 Years of Multi-Stakeholder WASH Dialogue: Reflections and Prospects”
The minister also bemoaned the nonexistence of locally standardized data regarding the sector and has therefore charged the sector players to rethinking of generating local data for their work.
Mrs. Dapaah argued that locally standard and reliable data is in no doubt sources of real time information for planning, and proper execution hence the lack of it had over the period hampered meaningful development as well as meeting the needs of people in a particular jurisdiction.
“It is always disheartened when you attend conferences both at home and abroad and you hear Ghanaians quoting international bodies as sources of the data they are working with. You will WHO says this, WHO says that, this world body says this, or that. I believe it’s time for us to collate our own data as people working in the sector”. She noted.
The sector houses fragmented data sources which needed to be streamlined for efficient and effective service delivery. The minister revealed.
Meanwhile a Deputy Director of the Environmental Health and Sanitation department of the Ministry, Mr. Kwaku Quansah, in his which centered on data reiterated the need for the country to have a localized standardized data.
According to him, generating primary data was crucial when it comes to making any meaningful planning at address a shortfall or come up with new development.
Mr. Quansah hinted that the MSWR had plans to train staff from the MMDAs level on techniques for data collection. Already, the World Bank was assisting the Ministry with the Sector Information System to generate data for its activities. He added.
In another development the Head of Research and Quality Assurance at Zoomlion Company limited Dr. Glenn Gyimah, announced that his outfit have procured the services of some Norwegian experts to begin a pilot project on Data collection in the Greater Accra Region.
It is expected that the project would be rolled out throughout the country to enable the company have good data in planning for waste management facilities that would be suitable for their operational areas. He stated.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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