Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Water Company (GWCL), Mr Stanley Martey, has underscored the need for Ghanaians to support the efforts in making sure every citizen gets access to clean water by 2025.
Speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he admonished Ghanaians to be agents of change and help in managing our water bodies well.
Destroying our water bodies through pollution he warned may affect the plan by the GWCL to help every Ghanaian get access to clean water by 2025 as targeted.
He was speaking in commemoration of the 2019 World Water Day which was held at the Akropong School for the Blind today (Friday, March 22, 2019).
According to him, the day is held annually to create awareness for people to appreciate the need for access to clean drinking water, fresh water and how can manage it.
He explained the Sustainable Goal 6 has called on countries to ensure that every citizen gets access to water by 2030.
“By definition, this means leaving no one behind, ” he said.
Globally, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.
Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
To help resolve the crisis, March 22, was set aside to tackle water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.
A 2017 joint monitoring programme report revealed in 2018 that, only 27 percent of Ghanaians have access to safe and potable water.
According to the report conducted by the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC Ghana), an independent international non-profit organisation and its partners, national access to basic sanitation stands at 14 percent.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Water Sector Strategic Development Plan (2014) aims to make water, sanitation and hygiene services universally for all people resident in Ghana, and to manage water resources for multiple purposes by 2025.