Ghana’s Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing; Aban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin has told Journalists at a sub regional workshop in Accra on the contribution of big water infrastructure in West Africa, that water is the most mismanaged resource in West Africa
He said water should be seen as a social and commercial good and an industrial material that will contribute to the growth of the economies of countries.
Addressing Journalists at the closing ceremony of the 4th sub-regional workshop organized by the Global Water Partnership West Africa, to build the capacity of media practitioners on the issue of water governance and management in the sub-region. Mr. Bagbin said people should treat water like any commercial product that will contribute to the economic development of countries, but unfortunately our governments and people in Africa have been mismanaging this resource.
“Two-thirds of the world’s surface is covered by water but presently a good number of our people in rural communities and even in some big cities do not have access to safe drinking water” The Minister stated.
He therefore commended the Global Water Partnership, West Africa for engaging the media on this all important issue of water as a contributing factor to economic development of countries provided it is well managed.
The Ghanaian Water Resources Minister went on to say that if water is not treated with the utmost seriousness it deserves, it could be the a catalyst to the out break of a world war.
By William Freeman