Mr. Speaker, a little
correction on the Order Paper; it should read the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing. The Gazette is out; the Executive Instrument is out.
Mr. Speaker, I beg to move, that this honourable House approves the sum of ¢1,326,840,000,000 for the services of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing for the 2006 fiscal year and which is broken down into a Government of Ghana (GOG) component of ¢109,244,000,-000, Donor component of ¢1,038,714,000,-000, Internally Generated Funds (IGF) of ¢1,993,000,000 and HIPC funds of ¢177,000,000,000 respectively.
T h e G O G c o m p o n e n t o f ¢109,244,000,000.00 is broken down into:
i. Item 1 - Personal Emolument -- ¢36,036,000,000.00
ii. Item 2 - Administration Expenses -- ¢9,978,000,000.00
iii. Item 3 - Service Expenses -- ¢5,011,000,000.00
iv. Item 4 - Investment Expenses -- ¢44,678,000,000.00
v. Investment Matching Funds -- ¢13,541,000,000,00
Total -- ¢109,244,000,000.00
The Donor component of ¢1,038,714,000,004.00 made up of Grants and Loans is also broken down into:
i. Item III - Services Expenses -- ¢78,154,000,000.00
ii. Item IV - Investment Services -- ¢960,449,000,000.00
Total -- ¢1,038,603,000,000.00
i. Internally Generated Funds (IGF) -- ¢1,993,000,000.00
ii. HIPC Funds -- ¢177,000,000,000.00
Total -- ¢178,993,000,000.00
Mr. Speaker, during the 2005 financial year, the Ministry was granted an amount of ¢99.7 billion (of which IGF was ¢7.5 billion) and donor funds of ¢865.0 billion respectively,
bringing the total to ¢964.7 billion.
Mr. Speaker, the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing takes care of Government Departments and Agencies like the Water Resources Commission, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Ghana Water Company Limited, the Hydrological Services Department, Rent Control Department, Department of Rural Housing, Public Servants Housing Loan Scheme Board, Technical Services Centre, Technical Services Department, the Architects Registration Council and the Public Works Department.
Mr. Speaker, one of the biggest challenges in this country and indeed for the whole world and Africa is the provision of potable water. There has not been a single hon. Member of this House who has not approached our Ministry to request for improved delivery of water in his or her constituency. Most of our diseases are either water-related or water- borne, and every effort is being made by the Government to ensure that delivery of safe, potable water is achieved.
The Government's commitment towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of 78 per cent of water coverage by 2015, and the Ghana Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy objective of 87 per cent coverage by 2015 remains unflinching.
The Ministry has therefore been aggressive in pursuing the delivery of potable water, both in the rural and urban communities.
Concerning rural water, Mr. Speaker, access to potable water for rural communities has increased from 46.4 per cent to 51.7 per cent. This figure will see tremendous increase in the next two years.
Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, in the
sub-region Ghana is regarded as relatively more endowed than its neighbours, however, our commitment to development in the water sector remains one of the lowest. Whilst countries like Burkina Faso and Benin allocate over 10 per cent of their Budgetary Resources to the water sector, Ghana on the other hand commits less than 5 per cent. The level of funding which has been complained about by donor partners may in a way compromise the availability of the over ¢1 trillion cedis that the Government has allocated to the water sector as most of this funding may be provided by counterpart funding.
In accordance with the GPRS objectives and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets of accelerating the delivery of sustainable safe water and improved sanitation facilities to rural communities and small towns, the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) will undertake a number of activities in the year 2006.
For example, the Ministry is to commence the drilling of 1,000 boreholes, 3,000 household latrines, and 200 institutional latrines in Ashanti to be jointly funded by KFW, the Government, and the African Development Bank. Another project for the construction of 800 boreholes and two pilot small town pipe systems for communities in the Ashanti Region will commence in 2006. This is also to be funded by the African Development Bank.
Mr. Speaker, with respect to the provision of safe water in the rural communities, the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) will undertake the following activities:
i . C o n s t r u c t i o n o f 1 , 1 5 2 new boreholes;
ii. Rehabilitation of 118 boreholes;
iii. Construction of 49 new hand- dug wells;
i v. C o n s t r u c t i o n o f 8 s m a l l com- munities pipe systems;
v. Construction of 89 new small town pipe systems;
vi. Rehabilitation of 6 small town pipe systems;
v i i . Cons t ruc t ion o f 11 r a in catchment systems;
v i i i . C o n s t r u c t i o n o f 6 , 1 7 0 new household places of conve- nience; and
ix. Construction of 740 new i n s t i t u - t i o n a l p l a c e s o f convenience.
On the guinea-worm eradication, Mr. Speaker, in our desire to eradicate the guinea worm disease by 2004, an initial amount of ¢36 billion was released from HIPC source to provide 406 boreholes in guinea worm endemic communities in the Volta, Northern, Brong Ahafo, Upper East, Upper West and Eastern Regions.
Mr. Speaker, naturally, the Ministry is dismayed by the alleged increase in the