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Press Statement: In the Era of COVID-19, Government Should Ensure that All Public Sector Agencies Pay Debts Owed to the Ghana Water Company Limited – Water Citizens Network

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) cannot operate efficiently without the total resources it requires to finance its operations. The now intractable problem of high indebtedness of public sector organizations to the utility is putting a serious strain on the operations of the company.

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Government Should Pay Its Water Bills to Ensure Reliable Water Supply and Solvency of GWCL – Coordinator of Tax Justice Coalition Ghana

The Coordinator of the Tax Justice Coalition Ghana, Bernard Anaba has also called on the Government to pay its water bills. He said the debts will lead to poor services to people and communities if the Government does not pay what it owes to Ghana Water Company Limited. The debt situation, he said, also affects quality of water because the company needs to buy the required and proper consumables for production.

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Dr. Alexander Ampaabeng, Fiscal Policy Specialist at Oxfam Ghana Calls on Government to Pay its Water Bills – Video

Dr. Alexander Ampaabeng, a Fiscal Policy Specialist at Oxfam Ghana added his voice to calls for Government to pay its water bills. He said debts owed to the Ghana Water Company Limited by public agencies raise massive concerns because the efficiency of the company is affected due to the unpaid amounts it needs to improve and expand services.

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Week on Water For Development (WW4D) Conference Commences Today

The Week on Water for Development (WW4D) is a virtual five-day conference from 24 to 28 August 2020, organised by the German development cooperation (GIZ), that connects relevant stakeholders around key topics on water from COVID-19 to climate change. WW4D is also part of SIWI’s WWWeek @ home 2020. During those days, GIZ collaborates with more than 60 partners to present and discuss recent findings, publications as well as best practices from the field.

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#GovernmentPayYourWaterBills – CWSA says it remains committed to paying water suppliers after update and validation of data

Engineer Worlanyo Kwadjo Siabi cleared the air that the CWSA remains committed to paying all outstanding debts owed these water suppliers but the difficulty is the inconsistencies in the gathering of their records particularly the number of cubic metres of water supplied among other valid data that are missing in staking their claims on the monies.

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Private Water Suppliers Kick Against Govt free water Directive – Wrong Approach. Rather We Say #GovernmentPayYourWaterBills

The Association of Small Towns Water Supply Systems-Ghana is reported by The Herald to have said it would not heed the Government of Ghana’s directive to supply free water to the general public, as part of efforts to ease the suffering of citizens, amidst the outbreak of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Though the frustration of the Association is justifiable the approach adopted by them to remedy the situation will rather hurt the already suffering people and communities. The preferred approach will be to join forces with fellow citizens to demand of Government to pay its water bills. The paper reported that;

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Second phase of free water supply takes effect from July – GWCL

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GCWL) says the implementation of the second phase of government’s free water
supply, stipulated in the mid-year budget, will begin this July and
end in September.

“Management wishes to inform the general public that the implementation of the President’s directive is in progress,” a press statement released by GWCL stated.

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Water situation in Lagos threatens COVID-19 response, says CAPPA Director of Programmes, Philip Jakpor

Akinbode Oluwafemi, Executive Director CAPPA

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), yesterday, said the water situation in Lagos State has assumed a dangerous dimension and urged the state government to declare a state of emergency in the sector. It made the declaration in response to the government’s public service campaign asking residents to wash their hands regularly to contain the spread of COVID-19, without adequate provision of water and soap.

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Good News: Govt spends over GH¢233.9m on nationwide free water supply. How much of this amount has been paid to GWCL and CWSA? We also wish all public agencies will pay debts owed GWCL

It is very refreshing to see Government spending tax monies on the social needs of Ghanaians, after all that is why people pay taxes to ensure they have access to security and commonly used products such as healthcare, education and water supply.

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