Press Release / Ministry Of Sanitation and Water Resources
The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah has commended the Danish government for the continuous support the government of Denmark has provided for Ghana over the years especially in the areas of water supply and sanitation services. The sector minister made the commendation when the Danish Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Tove Dengbol paid a courtesy call on her at her office in Accra.
Her Excellency Tove Dengbol paid the courtesy call to hold discussions with the sector minister on the status of Danish projects being undertaken in Ghana through the initiative of the Danish Embassy in Ghana.
One of the highlights of the discussion with the Hon. Minister was on non-revenue challenges faced by the Ghana Water Company Limited which is affecting revenue mobilization of the company. H.E. Tove Dengbol appealed to the minister for the enforcement of the laws and regulations by the company and the efficient use of water and the need to protect the country’s water resources.
According to the Danish Ambassador, the Danish government has invested almost 200 million dollars in the various water projects in the country. Her Excellency Tove Dengbol expressed the hope that the two countries Ghana and Denmark would continue to work together to enhance their relationship.
The Ambassador also indicated that Denmark is delighted to be part of Ghana’s success story and exploring business opportunities in Ghana for the mutual benefits of both countries.
She added that an amount of 20 million US Dollars will be invested by the Danish government in future water projects in Ghana through the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) of the ministry.
The meeting also discussed that one of the Danish Companies Stranford which is investing in the water project in the country will offer technical assistance and training for the staff to be able to equip them.
In this regard, H.E. Tove Dangbol appealed to the minister to follow up on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed almost two years ago which has not been finalized. This will enable the Ghana Water Company to increase its production capacity to almost 40,000 cubic liters more of water.
Lavender Hill: Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her guest also touched on the sanitation challenge at the Lavender Hill. It came to light that the Accra Metropolitan Assembly had defaulted in the payment of the loan facilities provided to it for the management of the site. The Danish government according to H.E. Tove Dengbol is looking for a strategic investor to run the facility.
In her remarks, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Hon. Cecilia Dapaah assured the Ambassador of the support of the government in the implementation of the various policy programmes. She commended the Ambassador for her personal initiatives which has seen most of the programmes through.
Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah noted that Denmark has been a worthy development partner to Ghana and hope the relationship will be strengthened. She said she would study all the outstanding proposals and Memorandum of Understanding for their immediate action.
She assured the Ambassador her doors are always opened for discussion.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Executive Officer of Duraplast Manufacturing Company called on the Sector Minister. Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah a week before toured the factory to acquaint herself with their operations.
Nelson Kofi Akatey