Government has put in place policy for all water supply systems – Cecilia Dapaah to PAC

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Members of the Public Accounts Committee have been reassured by the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecillia Abena Dapaah, that the government has implemented policies to guarantee that all water supply systems throughout the regions are being handled effectively.

The Minister claims that in order to guarantee adequate accountability, the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) has seized control of 177 water systems and hired 1,538 accountants.

The Minister also mentioned that to oversee and maintain the water delivery systems, 415 Engineers, 117 Managers, and 492 other staff members, including technicians, security, and plumbers, had been hired.

Hon. Cecillia Dapaah made this known when she appeared before the Public Accounts Committee today to respond to infractions cited by the Auditor-General in the 2020 Report against some agencies under her Ministry.

The organizations under her ministry that testified before the PAC were the Accra Area Sanitation and Water Project, Ghana Water Company Ltd., Water Resources Commission, Water and Sanitation Board-Bono Region, Water and Sanitation Board-Ahafo Region, and Water Supply System-Bono East Region.

The majority of the violations the Auditor-General listed against the aforementioned agencies in the 2020 Report were delayed payments, a lack of receipts and concerns with indebtedness, water delivery, and bill payment.

The Minister took use of the occasion to make a plea to the Committee’s members to support stepping up the battle against illicit mining, which is contaminating the nation’s waterways.

Directors from the New Times Corporation and Graphic Communications Group Limited were escorted in front of the Committee members by the Minister for Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

The Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana Supply Company Limited, and the Ghana Free Zones Authority, all under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, are a few of the organizations that also testified before the Committee.

The other three were Tema Development Company Ltd., Architectural and Engineering Services Ltd., and Public Servants Housing Loan Scheme Board.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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