Monday, August 05, 2013

Ghana Water Merger Officially Starts August 1

By Patrick Baidoo

The expected merger between Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and Ghana Urban Water Limited (GUWL) to form a formidable sole force towards safe water provision and delivery in Ghana for urban communities officially started on August 1, 2013.

Hence as part of the process of integration, the GUWL board and the position of Managing Director for that entity will be dissolved effective July 31, 2013.

Beyond July, the physical integration process of workers, documentation and facilities would be intensified for a positive result and ensure a closure on the merger.

Confirming the merger with the WASH Times – Mr. Michael Agyeman, Public Relations Manager, GWCL, indicated that the merger is expected to halt a drain on the company’s resources and reserve duplication of duties which has characterized the two entities.

“This new agenda will also ensure proper monitoring and enhancement of operations of the Ghana Water Company Limited which will lead to high productivity and efficiency in the scheme of things”.

Although government had plans to move the merger process, a clarion call by workers of the company to merge the two entities also helped in fast tracking this process, a source at GWCL also noted.

Cabinet Approval 

Cabinet early this year approved the merger of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and the Ghana Urban Water Company Limited (GUWCL).

A statement by Information and Media Relations Minister, Mahama Ayariga, in that regard stated noted that “the merger is to enhance efficient water production and distribution”. He was speaking to journalists at the Flagstaff House on Friday June 28, 2013.

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