June 9, 2011

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Works and Housing, Mr David Tetteh-Assemeng, has challenged the management of the Ghana Water Company Limited to achieve results now that the management of water has been handed over to it.

He said the company could improve on the management and delivery of water to the people if only the workers would change their negative attitudes and respond promptly to the calls of consumers.

“The promptness of workers to the repair of burst pipes, faithfulness in the collection of revenue in addition to measures to prevent corruption are key to the successful management of the water sector”, he said.

Mr Tetteh-Assumeng, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Shai-Osudoku, was commenting on the handing over of the management of the country’s water delivery by the Aqua Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL) to the GWCL.

The handing over followed the non-renewal of the five-year management contract of the AVRL by the government.
Mr Tetteh-Assumeng said Ghanaians would be better judges of the performance of the AVRL during the period of its management contract.

He explained that people were seen always carrying yellow gallons in search of water as a result of non expansion of the water facilities in the face of populations increase.

Mr Tetteh-Assumeng said even though the AVRL did well in reducing treated water which was not accounted for, it could have done better in the management of water to alleviate the plight of Ghanaians.

He said it was now up to the management of the GWCL to prove that they are up to the task without external support.

Mr Tetteh-Assumeng urged the government to strengthen its monitoring system and fire recalcitrant workers.

He also called on the management to be proactive and inject discipline into the company in order to achieve results to prove to the whole world that Ghanaians were capable of managing their own affairs.