Ghana Water Company Names New Managing Director, GNA Reports

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama replaced Kweku Botwe as acting managing director of the state water utility and promoted his deputy, Kwaku Godwin Dovlo, Ghana News Agency reported, citing a company statement.

The change at the Ghana Water Co. took effect on April 12, the Accra-based agency reported today. No reason for the dismissal was given.

Dovlo will face a challenge of meeting the rising demand for water in Ghana, where growth in its $35 billion economy is set to outpace the sub-Saharan African average for a sixth year in 2013. In an interview earlier this year, Botwe said the utility can’t account for 55 percent of the water it produces.

In a speech last month in Accra, Mahama said Ghana is “burdened with a major energy and water crisis.”

Botwe has been told to report to the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing for a new job, according to GNA.

Dovlo, who trained as a civil engineer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana’s second-biggest city, Kumasi, joined the water company there in 1979, GNA reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emily Bowers in Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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