Political parties urged to prioritise sanitation issues

Ms. Antoinette Shor-Anyawoe, the Acting Country Director of WaterAid Ghana, has suggested to political parties to integrate Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues in their manifestos and discuss same on their political platforms.

That, she said, was necessary to create awareness of WASH issues during the 2016 general election and awaken key stakeholders to take concrete actions.

Ms. Shor-Anyawoe was speaking at the 56 National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) meeting organised by WaterAid Ghana in Accra to brief stakeholders on the WASH campaign for national development.

It was on the theme: “Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Election 2016 in Ghana”.

It aims at soliciting support for WASH implementation and collectively discuss the way forward in ensuring its success and prioritisation in Ghana.

Ms. Shor-Anyawoe said political parties in their previous manifestos had drafted policies on sanitation but that was marginal hence the need to make it their centre piece and discuss it seriously to achieve the required change.

She said often times political parties saw sanitation issues as merely constructing toilet facilities and providing water but it moves beyond that to sustainability to ensure the amenities served for the long term.

She said Ghana had signed onto so many Sustainable Development Goals but their implementation was the problem and urged the political parties to show commitment by ensuring the programme worked for the benefit of all.

Mr. Enoch Cudjoe, the Acting Policy Manager of WaterAid Ghana, said there was the need for communities and political parties to scale up the support now and after the elections.

He called for the necessary by-laws to be enforced to shape both political parties and communities as far as sanitation and health issues are concerned.

-GNA

 

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