Bribery, corruption, nepotism, tribalism the bane of Ghana’s sanitation progress – Vice Chancellor

By Justice Lee Adoboe / GWJN

Prof. Esi Awuah, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana, has observed that although private sector participation in the sanitation sector has increased, work could not progress as expected since bribery, corruption, nepotism and tribalism have caused the award of contracts to incompetent people in the sector.

Delivering the Theme Address at the just ended 24th Mole Conference at Fumesua, near Kumasi Wednesday, August 14, 2013, the Vice Chancellor expressed worry that countries were becoming dependent on Development Partners (DPs) for service delivery in the sector since governments themselves have low knowledge in sanitation.

She proposed that best sanitation practices be scaled up including waste sorting and making use of them as “there is nothing like waste.”

Ghana has however been able to achieve only 15 per cent with just over two years left to reach the target date of 2015.

The 24th Mole Conference was on the theme “Building Effective Partnerships for Scaling up Sustainable Sanitation Services in Ghana.”

It aimed at seeking ways of to build stronger collaboration among all stakeholders for a more efficient sanitation service delivery, as Ghana’s sanitation coverage still lags behind, recording 15 per cent nationwide coverage, with just two years ahead for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline.

Ghana has set a target of 54 per cent for sanitation coverage, which includes access to hygienic and improved toilets for households and institutions, across the country.

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