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General News of Thursday, 21 February 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

Committee to probe expired water treatment chemical

The Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, yesterday inaugurated a six-member committee to investigate the alleged importation of expired aluminium sulphate (alum) for the treatment of water in the country.

That followed media reports this week that the Ghana Urban Water Company (GUWC) was using expired alum for the treatment of water at the Weija Water Treatment Plant.

The committee is chaired by Mr Albert A. Ogyiri, the immediate past President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, with the other members being Mrs Hawawu Sajifu of the Ghana Revenue Authority; Mr Samuel Kwakye, Food and Drugs Authority; Mr Frederick Addae, the Director of Water at the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing, and Mr Geofrey Ahiabli of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

The committee has six days within which to present its report.

Alhaji Dauda, who expressed outrage at the reports, said the law would take its course if officials were found culpable in the importation of the chemical.

He stated that the government had promised to provide the people of Ghana safe water, for which reason it would not compromise on its commitment to ensure that its promise was kept.

The minister said the committee was expected to come up with recommendations to guide the government to forestall a recurrence of the problem.

The committee's terms of reference are to determine if the GWC imported expired chemicals into the country, the circumstances leading to the procurement of the chemicals, as well as find out if any of those chemicals have been used for water treatment.

It is also to look into other matters that are related to the report.

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