This year’s World Water Day was marked in Accra with a call on all Ghanaians to dialogue to ensure clean water for all and to create and sustain better jobs for improved livelihoods and socio-economic development.



The Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, who made the call, noted that even though 95 per cent of jobs in the agricultural sector, 30 per cent of jobs in the industry sector and 10 per cent of jobs in the services sector were estimated to be heavily dependent on water, millions of people who worked in the water sector were often not recognized or protected.


Dr Agyemang-Mensah said Ghana continued to witness the deterioration of the condition of its water bodies due to climate change and variability, increasing population growth and uncontrolled urbanization as well as improper land use for agriculture along the river banks.


He bemoaned the fact that the country’s water bodies were being polluted through activities including indiscriminate dumping and discharge of untreated urban domestic waste, discharge and contamination from illegal mining and leaking of agro-chemical from large commercial farms.


“These factors, apart from having serious health impact on workers and the society in general, also discourage decent employment opportunities with attendant social and economic cost”, he added.


Dr Agyeman-Mensah disclosed that government was finding solution to some of the challenges associated with water pollution with priority strategic actions and measures provided by the National Water Policy and the Water Sector Strategic Development Plan.


He said government was encouraging continued and greater private sector investment and operation in water services, ensuring cost recovery and sustainability of water projects, taking into account the specific needs and preferences of the poor.


Furthermore, he said, government was enlisting the assistance of evidence-based knowledge as well as households and communities as partners to contribute to advocacy and improvement of the sector.


The global theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Water and Jobs’ while the National theme was ‘Improve Safe Water Access for Sustainable Livelihood’.


The two themes aimed to galvanize the global community to action on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers lives and livelihood and transform societies and economies.


Source: ISD (Aliyah Bayali & Edem Agblevor)



Created: 23 March 2016
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