The Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah says the Birim River is one of the most polluted river bodies in the country.
She attributed the pollution to the ‘galamsey’ menace in the Eastern Region.
The Minister was responding 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 in that enclave.
Responding to the question posed, she noted that the polluted Birim River which is the source of water makes it difficult.
“One of the most polluted water bodies is the Birim and that will be the raw source for our raw water. 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.
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