ENSURING WATER SECURITY IN NORTHERN REGION – NORTHERN REGIONAL MINISTER PLEDGES HIS SUPPORT

The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, received a delegation from Catholic Relief Services(CRS) and the Ghana Water Company (GWC) on a courtesy call.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the setting up of Tamale Water Fund, to ensure water security in Tamale and its surrounding communities.
The meeting also seeks to strengthen strategic partnerships between the Government of Ghana, Ghana Water Company Limited, Water Resources Commission, Private Sector, and The Nature Conservancy for a successful roll-out of the initiative.
According to the Director of Africa Water Funds, Fred Kihara, the Tamale Water Fund would create a dependable financing stream that will allow for strategic budgeting of nature- based restoration projects and financing for conservation needs in in the watershed.
The Regional Technical Advisor on Water, Environment and Sanitation, Jean Philippe Debus, who briefed Regional Minister on the situation around the water bodies Lamented that, the deterioration of the water banks and the water bodies cause by mankind specifically by the tipper trucks is disheartening.
“if drastic measures are not put in place, the region will suffer from water shortage in some few years to come.”
The Production Manager of Ghana Water Company Limited, Nicholas Okyere also revealed that, the main source of water production and distribution for the region is getting polluted and may dry up, due to human activities around the water bodies.
He urged Regional Minister and the Northern Regional Coordinating Council to as a matter of urgency, facilitate the implementation of interventions to curb the canker.
The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, expressed gratitude to the delegation for visiting his office and also assured them of his commitment to preserve the water bodies around the region and Ghana as a whole.
“Water is life, as we use it for our daily activities such as bathing, washing, cooking and the likes, we must endeavour to preserve it for both the present and the future generation.”
He suggested to the CRS and GWCL to promote afforestation around the water bodies as they discharge their activities to provide portable water to the citizens.
He called for a collaborative effort from state and private agencies to elevate the canker.
He assured them of the commitment of the NRCC in supporting them in carrying out their activities to ensure water security in Tamale and its surrounding communities.
The delegation included:
Jean Phillippe Debus, Regional Technical Advisor, Water Environment and Sanitation. West Africa, CRS
Fred Kihara, Water funds director,
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Emmanuel Kogo, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH Program Manager),
CRS, Ghana
Richard Ntibrey , Senior Project Officer (WASH), CRS Ghana
Joachim Abungba, Principal Basin Officer
Water Resources Commission
Nicholas Okyere, Production Manager
Ghana Water Company Limited
Tamale.

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