Netherlands Ambassador calls on minister of sanitation

Madam Cecilia Dapaah (right), welcoming Mr Ron Strikker to her office.

Madam Cecilia Dapaah (right), welcoming Mr Ron Strikker to her office.

The Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Ron Strikker, has paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, on Tuesday, in Accra.

 

The visit was to afford Mr Strikker the opportunity to interact with the minister, and discuss pertinent issues bothering on sanitation, including progress made in the implementation of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme.

 

The minister said government was grateful to the government of Netherlands for her support for the people of Ghana, especially in the area of water provision.

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Madam Dapaah noted that some water projects in Ghana were executed with concessionary loans from the Dutch government, and the ministry would continue to count on the support to achieve its goals of providing potable water for its citizenry.

 

Touching on the WASH programme, Madam Dapaah said it was very important for the country as it had direct relationship with the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

 

“Every country needs to prepare and put in logistics either from internal resources or from donor funds to help achieve the targets,” she emphasised.

 

The minister noted that water and sanitation reflected the dignity of any people. He

called for the protection of the country’s water bodies, as it was the only way government could provide potable water for the citizenry.

 

Madam Dapaah assured that government would surmount the challenges that were inhibiting it from achieving its vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

 

“Some people think we cannot do it, but I believe it is achievable. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel; we have to learn from people who have already done it. May be it took some fifty-years and may be some 30 years,” she emphasised.

 

Mr Strikker congratulated the minister for her new portfolio of the management of water and sanitation, saying the sector was very important and the visit was to enable him discuss extensively on sanitation issues, including the WASH.

 

Mr Striker explained that the programme consisted of many projects, which involved the public and private sector, stressing “We are somewhere in the middle of WASH and some of the projects in connection with sanitation.”

By Cliff Ekuful

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