Speaker, that is the supposed position, but many Hon Members on this side of the House including me are saying that we do not have copies of it. Mr. Speaker, that indeed, is the truth. But that is not in any way to block the discussion. I am stating a matter of truth. I do not have a copy of it and some people from my side have complained that they also do not have
copies. That is the issue that I was raising.
Mr. Speaker, in our quest to provide
water, I believe that we should exercise some caution so that mistake, particularly avoidable ones are not made. It is in this vein that I thought that some of us, including me, as I have said, would have been availed of the Concession and Support Agreement in order for us to have done greater scrutiny. [Interruption.] But I understand many of our Colleagues have seen it. Be that as it may, maybe, we could go on.
Mr. Speaker, the point has been made
about pumping of water from deep down under. It really involves huge cost and so without doubt water that is so pumped necessarily comes with high rates. The Hon Colleague, the Minister of State, (Hon Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo) cited the case of la Cote d'Ivoire and he agrees with me that in la Cote d'Ivoire, on the average, the cost of water is far higher than what obtains in Ghana.
And so Mr. Speaker, we should be aware of this fact and that we could, by this enterprise, be heading towards a new landscape of higher tariffs for potable water delivery because there would have to be some levelling off between the production from our dams - Weija and Kpong which you have spoken about - and drilling from deep down under.
It is far more expensive and of course, there would not be any discrimination that those of them who are being supplied from the waters of the abstraction from deep down under should pay higher tariffs, whereas those of them having water from Kpong and Weija would be paying lower tariffs. There will be levelling off and so people should be prepared that they will be paying higher tariffs. That is the truth.
Mr. Speaker, perhaps, it is for this reason that the focus on this endeavour on the delivery is geared towards industry and not for home consumption primarily. The people know that and that is why they are saying they are targeting industry and not home consumption. Some will be coming to the various homes though, for domestic consumption. But the point needs to be stressed that it is going to come at a higher cost.
Mr. Speaker, now, the track record of this company. They have cited where they have done these projects. Mr. Speaker, they have done some in Sudan and Somalia. The question to ask is, why Sudan and Somalia? Sudan and Somalia because surface water is hard to come by in those regions. In northern Sudan where they are operating, and Somalia, surface water is hard to come by.
Mr. Speaker, again, they are engaged in water extraction in Trinidad and Tobago. You know the salinity of water in Trinidad and Tobago, that is why they are there. That is why they are drilling underground water in Trinidad and Tobago. New Hampshire, the same thing. Mr. Speaker, we do not have that problem in Ghana and that is why we should be concerned.
Mr. Speaker, the other issue worth
considering is that we should beyond this be concerned with the Build, Operate, Train and Transfer (BOTT) analysis, the cost-benefit analysis. They are talking about 25 years and so on, that is another matter.
The Chairman of the Committee on Water Resources, Works and Housing, in presenting the Report, indicated to us that unaccountable water in Ghana is about 25 per cent. Mr. Speaker, I do not believe that; and the Minister of State who was the Minister responsible for Water Resources,