The Director of Planning at the Water Resources Commission, Dr. Bob Alpha has indicated that his outfit was working assiduously to achieve safe drinking water for rural and urban dwellers in the next 10 years.
According to him, the continued sensitising and stakeholder engagements have pathed a new dedication in individuals on how to manage their water sources, especially at the various Sub-Basins.
“We want to improve the quality of people across the globe and also ensure that the number of people who have access to clean water increases in the next 10 years. So, that is why we have started small, we are looking at the area approach, sensitising stakeholders on the needs of managing water resources and we are achieving some success in that regard,” he noted.
Dr. Alpha made this known at a Sub-Basin Committee meeting held in Bolgatanga.
The meeting was to discuss the challenges, and ways to improve the Gambaga Sub-basin in the White Volta Basin based on the success chalked at the Kpasenkpe sub-basin.
Open defecation, illegal mining, siltation, and bad farming practices along the buffer zone were but a few of the challenges that his outfit has been confronting for the past years.
These challenges Dr. Alpha noted ought to be achieved in the given period through empowering stakeholders including various district assemblies.
“Some of the challenges are local problems and need the efforts of the various district assemblies to achieve them. So, as a commission, we are open to empowering the various assemblies as we know, some of them lack capacity in that direction.”
He, therefore, charged the various stakeholders to work towards achieving the set target.
The White Volta Basin Secretariat of the Commission is currently managing nine sub basins including Kpasenkpe, Gambaga, Sissili, Kulpwan, Nasia, Nabogo, Middle White Volta, Lower White Volta, and the Mole subbasins.
The Water Resources Commission (WRC) was established by an Act of Parliament (Act 522 of 1996) as the overall body responsible for water resources management in Ghana. The mandate is to regulate and manage the utilization of water resources and Co-ordinate relevant government policies.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana