He said this when he Delivered a paper the Fifth Africa Water Forum in Dakar- Senegal to mark this year’s Africa Water Week.
Mr Gunu’s paper was on “Central and Local Government interface in improving water service delivery: the case of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency and District Authorities in Ghana.”
The four-day event on the theme, “Placing Water at the heart of the post 2015 Development Agenda" is under the auspices of IRC, an international non-governmental organization that supports water, sanitation and hygiene services, Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)-Management and Support, the Netherlands Development Organisation and Water For People (WfP).
Mr Gunu said most diseases in his District and West Africa were water and sanitation related and that there could be no better development than promoting improved health through sustained investment in the sector.
He said the water and sanitation situation was threatening security and economies in the sub region and called for a continued campaign and deliberate commitment at global, regional, national and local levels in applying technology, resources, capacities and skills to promote water sanitation and hygiene beyond 2015.
Mr Gunu said the Akatsi North Assembly had trained 50 sanitation guards as ambassadors of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in communities, helped 250 households to own decent toilet facilities under Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and repaired 20 broken down boreholes.
He said by 2016, the remaining 60 communities out of 130 in the District would have access to potable water.
The UNHCR says access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and essential to life, health and dignity.
Water and Sanitation Monitoring Platform (WSMP)-Ghana, says if the country’s progress towards water and sanitation between 1990 and 2008 was sustained, the country could achieve 91.5% coverage for water and 15% for sanitation by 2015.
Africa Water Week is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and organized with other development partners.
It represents a political commitment at the highest level with over 1000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, and the media from all over the world, meeting to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water resources, and sanitation challenges.