The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), is a Ministry in the Infrastructure Sector under the Office of the Head of Civil Service. It was established in January, 2017 to act and play a major role in the national, regional and global effort to provide the needed support to the sanitation and water sectors. Until its establishment the water sector was part of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing and the sanitation sector was part of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
The goal of the Ministry is “to contribute to improvement in the living standards of Ghanaians through increased access to and use of safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices and sustainable management of water resources.”
The Ministry derives its core mandate primarily from article 190 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana, the Civil Service Law, 1993 (PNDCL 327) and the Civil Service (Ministry) Instrument, 2017 (EI 28), which stipulate that the Ministry shall:
- Initiate and formulate water, environmental health and sanitation policies taking into account the needs and aspirations of the people;
- Undertake water and environmental sanitation sub sectors development planning in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC); and
- Co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the sanitation and water sub sectors.
“Sustainable water and environmental sanitation for all”
To formulate and implement policies, plans and programmes for the sustainable management of the nation’s water resources, the provision of safe, adequate and affordable water; provision of environmental sanitation facilities, effective and sustainable management of liquid and solid waste for the well-being of all people living in the country.
- Impact and Outcome Driven
The activities of the Ministry is organised and coordinated by six (6) line directorates and one (1) unit.
The Ministry has oversight responsibility over three (3) Agencies. These Agencies implement the Ministry’s core policy areas of Sanitation and Water.
The Ministry is the focal point for organising the activities of the sanitation and water sub sectors of the Government Machinery.
The organizational structure establishes positions for the office of the Honourable Minister, Deputy Minister, Chief Director as well as four (4) line Directorates, two (2) Technical Directorates, and an Internal Audit unit.
Office of the Chief Director
The Chief Director is the administrative head and supervises the formulation of effective and efficient sector policies and ensures the consistent implementation of these policies and management practices within the Ministry, its Departments and Agencies. In addition, responsible for the co-ordination and monitoring of all the activities of the various Directorates, and Agencies, to ensure the achievement of sector goals and objectives.