Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Abena Dapaah has described the Birim River as one of the most polluted water bodies in Ghana.
She attributed the cause to the menace caused by ‘galamsey’ in Eastern Region.
This forgoing remark came as a response to questions from the Ranking Member on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Kofi Okyere Agyekum on the Begoro and Osino water treatment plants and their ability to supply clean water to the communities within that enclave.
Responding to the question posed, she noted that the present state of Birim River which is the source of water makes its treatment difficult.
“So if at the end of the day, we borrow money through the vision of the President and the water source is polluted, what will be the result,” she asked.
According to her, there are processes involved in water supply, and the Ministry has submitted a financial term sheet to the Finance Ministry.
She added that the Chief Director is currently following up on it.
Mrs. Dapaah indicated that the Ministry hopes to receive feedback from the Finance Ministry after the negotiation with the International Monetary Fund.