The new Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has expressed displeasure at the description of the planned water rationing in Accra and Tema as, sharing water ‘tot-tot.’
The Ghana Water Company has announced plans to ration water for up to six months following structural defects in four of its 12 filters at the Weija Treatment Plant, but this decision has been described by a section of the public and media as the sharing of water in tots, as in a drinking bar.
The Water Minister has described the choice of words as “unfortunate”, saying it was not an accurate reflection of the reality.
Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Monday February 4, Alhaji Dauda pointed out that not every part of the nation enjoyed flowing water seven days a week. However, those who enjoy it the whole week will now lose a day or two to allow other areas to also enjoy treated water.
“So a place like Dansoman, which enjoys 7 days, will now enjoy 6 days during this period,” he explained.
He deplored the choice of the word ‘tot’, saying although he was a Muslim and therefore did not drink alcohol, he did buy it, and a tot was too small to describe the amount of water provided by Ghana Water Company.
Alhaji Dauda said provision of adequate quantities of treated water to Ghanaians was an ongoing problem because of the huge shortfall in supply as opposed to demand, especially in urban areas, but government was “determined” to bridge the gap.
Also commenting on the issue NDC National Women’s Organiser, Anita Desooso, has called on Alhaji Dauda and all other senior government officials to crack the whip on non-performing chief executives and managers in charge of public utilities such as water in order to bring sanity into the system.
She deplored the situation where sector ministers are forced to micromanage such institutions when supposedly more qualified bureaucrats have been appointed to manage such important national assets.
In a related development the Asutifi South MP, whose mandate also includes Housing, pledged to work assiduously to reduce the housing deficit, which is estimated to be over 500,000.