Development Partners World Bank to halt grant support to Ghana

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World Bank has bemoaned the lack of political will to address the insanitary conditions in Ghana. This they say is likely to cause them to withdraw grant support to the country.

Social Policy Specialist of UNICEF Charles Dzradosi says the World Bank will soon withdraw its grant support on water and sanitation to Ghana.

According to him, Ghana has not demonstrated any true political will to deal with sanitation issues.

He made these statements during the Brong-Ahafo Regional launch of the 2016 Ghana District Table (DLT) in Sunyani.

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The District League Table (DLT), produced by UNICEF Ghana and CDD Ghana, is a tool for strengthening social accountability between the state and its citizens for development.

It is a simple ranking tool of the level of development in each of Ghana’s 216 Districts.

Instead of rating Districts by administrative compliance, it ranks them in terms of their delivery in six key sectors: health, education, sanitation, water, security and governance.

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He said the World Bank was shocked as to why open defecation is still a challenge in the country.

The World Bank was also not happy that many Ghanaians still lacked access to basic sanitary facilities, particularly household toilets,” he noted.

Mr Dzradosi stated that a directive was required from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to push metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to tackle the issue of sanitation in a more proactive manner.

MMDAs must strictly enforced sanitation bye-laws and also ensure that enough public toilets are provided for the citizens, he concluded.

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