The head of Programs at Plan International Ghana, Mr. Asum-Kwarteng has revealed that the future of Ghana’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector is very brick due to dwindling donor support to the sector.
According to him the WASH sector has been under the mercy of donor partners for all these years thus dwindling or no donor funding support will seriously affect the sector negatively.
“You see a chunk of budget financing to the WASH sector comes from donor partners with little funding from government and now donor budgetary support is almost not there, we should find ways of financing the sector locally.” Mr. Asum-Kwarteng said.
Speaking in an interview with Todaygh.com on the sidelines of the Plan International Ghana’s Annual Stakeholders Sharing and Learning Outcomes on RWASH Project at the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua, Mr. Asum-Kwarteng revealed that about 40% of water facilities mostly bole-holes have broken down.
According to him the break down were as a result of overused and misused of the facilities due the government free water policy.
Mr. Asum-Kwarteng maintained that the government free water policy were not thought through before its announcement and subsequent implementation.
“The initiators of the policy did not do broad stakeholder consultations to iron out some the challenges we are facing now before rolling the free water policy. There is no money to repair those breaking down facilities because funds have not been made to the managers of the facilities.
The managers or handlers of the facilities collects fees from users and it is those monies collected that are used to service and repair the facilities when it breakdown but as it is now it will be difficult to put back the facilities to use immediately which has dare consequences on the health of the affected communities,” The head of Programs at Plan International Ghana disclosed.
He is therefore calling on the government to as a matter of urgency make funds available for the repairs of the broken-down facilities to avert any water related health issues.
Mr. Asum-Kwarteng again appealed to government, ministries, agencies and departments to engage sector stakeholders on future projects, policies or initiatives to seek their inputs to fine tune it before it’s implemented to avert the problems the free water policy had created.
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