Water, sanitation personnel lack skills to solve practical problems

Findings of a study on Human Capacity Development in the Water and Sanitation sector has identified a huge skill deficit among personnel in the water resources and sanitation institutions.

The study revealed that water and sanitation officers are only exposed to theoretical training and find it difficult to solve practical problems on the field.

The study however suggests that training institution blend practical and theoretical training to enable sanitation officers relate to solving real life sanitation issues.

Professor Sampson Oduro-Kwarteng, Head of Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Centre (RWESCK) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), who presented the study, in Accra yesterday stressed the need to develop human resource capacity in the water and sanitation sector.

He was speaking at a learning, sharing and validation meeting which brought together stakeholders to reflect on the water and sanitation human capacity development in Ghana.

The meeting organised by KNUST served as a platform for participants to reflect on the commitments of sector organisations and development partners to support capacity building in the water and sanitation sector.

Professor Samuel Odai said training water and sanitation officers would support the implementation of the African Water Ministers declaration which urges countries to develop human capacity development programmes at the national level in all countries.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey

 

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