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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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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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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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Access to potable water in urban areas at 93 percent – Too early to celebrate, In 2020 and in the era of COVID-19, the indicator to watch is household water connections

Some people appear to be celebrating too early. This is a good outcome but does not deserve the celebrations and pats on the back seen in the Ghanaweb story below. It is not yet Uhuru. In the era of COVID-19, household water connections should be the new measure of success. Just about six years ago, urban water connections inside dwelling was about 15.7% and 11.4% outside dwelling but on compound. (Ghana Living Standards Survey, 2014:91)

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