Oct.31 GNA - Water Aid Ghana has pledged to complement government’s efforts at
achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) six.
The Goal Six of the SDGs is very dear to Water Aid Ghana since its vision is, “everyone, everywhere having access to safe water, improved sanitation as well as practicing good hygiene”.
Mr Ibrahim Musah, Head of Policy and Partnership of Water Aid Ghana, stated this in an interview with the GNA in Bolgatanga during a four -day conference organised by the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation.
He observed that the country could not achieve the target of 54 per cent of the Sanitation and Water target under the Millennium Development Goals which is due to elapse by December 2015 since there is still a lot needed to be done.
He said over the years Water Aid Ghana through its partners with sponsorship package from the European Union had supported Government in the area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
Mr Musah who mentioned the Bongo District in the Upper East Region, Gushegu in the Northern Region and Accra Metropolis in the Greater Accra Region as some of the areas his outfit had supported, gave the assurance that Water Aid Ghana would continue to support Government to attain the SDGs.
“Water Aid Ghana beginning from 2016, as part of its contribution towards achieving the SDG six with support from the European Union will build the capacity of communities and support them to initiate the Community Led Total Sanitation programme which will ensure that every household in our operation areas has household latrines,” he noted.
He gave the assurance that the organisation in collaboration with its partners would also continue to build the capacity of the community to demand accountability and transparency from the district assemblies and service providers on WASH sectors as well as build their capacity in the area of maintenance of WASH facilities.
The Head of Policy and Partnership stated that his outfit would partner with other civil society organisations working in the WASH sector to embark upon advocacy programmes so as to help lobby and influence policy makers to ensure that the WASH sectors are improved upon.
He called on the assemblies to demonstrate strong political commitment by collaborating with WASH NGOs particularly Water Aid Ghana to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.
The conference was on the theme: “Financing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene within the SDGs; Options and Strategies.”