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The Government of Ghana has taken steps to resolve transboundary issues on river pollution regarding the Tano and Bia rivers which also flows through Ivorian waters.

To this end, the Ministries of Lands and Natural Resources, Sanitation and Water resources, Defence and Environment Science Technology and Innovation have met a high powered delegation from Cote D’ivoire, led by the Ivorian Minister for water and Forest, Hon. Laurent Tchagba.

Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor who co-chaired the meeting with the Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah on 14th March, 2023, informed the Ivorian delegation that there has been a lot of challenges in protecting the country’s riverbodies, however government has not relented for once as the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo keeps waging war against illegal miners in the country.

Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor who also spoke on behalf of the Defence Minister, said the Ghana government has adopted a two-pronged approach to fighting illegal Mining, popularly known as galamsey which is the main source of pollution of the country’s riverbodies.

The two-pronged approach which he mentioned to be law enforcement and reformation, has seen to the declaration of riverbodies as redzones to mining and also authorizing the involvement of the Military on Operation Halt, an initiative geard towards riding the rivers off illegal miners.

The Lands Minister further stated that although illegal mining continues to pose a threat on the countries riverbodies, he is optimistic that out of the deliberations of the meeting, they will be able to come to a firm conclusion that will help resolve the issues of water pollution in both countries, adding that he looks foward to working closely with all stakeholders to come to grips on the matter plaguing both countries.

The Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah on her part, noted that water is very central to the well being of people around the world and not only Ghana and Cote D’ivoire, therefore it is pertinent to take up the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6 which advocates for clean water and sanitation for all.

She also hoped that this bilateral meeting will help both countries take cognisance of the far reaching effects of a waterless world and make concrete decisions that will help both countries and the world at large.

The leader of the Ivorian Delegation and Minister for Water and Forests, Cote D’ivoire in his submission expressed his gratitude for a warm reception from all participating Ministries.

He said the issue of water is important in the history of both countries as it binds them in one way or the other and hoped that together they will be able to confer on issues and resolve the common challenge.

Also at the Bilateral Meeting on the Ghana side were the Minister for Environment Science Technology and Innovation, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, responsible for Lands and Forestry, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio, CEOs of the Minerals Commission and Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Martin Ayisi and Dr. Henry Kwabena Kokofu, respectively, the Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company, Dr. Clifford A. Braimah, the National Coordinator of the Boundary Commission, Major General Emmanuel Kotia and other officials from all Ministries present.

On the Ivorian side, were the Ambassador of Cote D’ivoire to Ghana, H.E Bernard Ehui – Koutoua, Defence Security Technical Cordinator of the National Border Commission of Côte D’ivoire, Loua Deti Cesar and other officials.