COVID-19: “Ghana’s Sanitation Services Delivery Has Witnessed Significant Improvement” – Hon Dapaah

The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah says she is impressed with the sanitation services delivery in the cities of Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi after her Ministry witnessed significant improvements, especially during the Covid-19 period.

According to her, the Ministry during the period under review visited all the MMDAs within the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and was impressed with the outcome.

Speaking at a meet-the-press in Accra, she said "The objectives of the visits were to ascertain the general sanitation conditions in the various Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies and interact with a cross-section of the residents on Water Sanitation and Hygiene issues in the Metros and Municipalities likewise ascertain the state of sanitation and water infrastructure"

She added that the Ministry took advantage of the visit to assess the performance of Metropolitan and Municipal Chief Executives, with the view to supporting them with the needed technical support, where necessary.

She also mentioned that as the exercise saw good results, it provided the Ministry with relevant hands-on information on sanitation and water in the Metropolitan and Municipalities visited.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, the Ministry, in collaboration with the Security Services (i.e. the Ghana Armed Forces, the Fire Service, the Police Service and the Prisons Service), the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) led by Zoomlion Ghana Limited and all the Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies within the partial lockdown areas of Accra and Kumasi, took advantage of the period to undertake an eight-day massive clean-up exercise. The exercise focused on: Desilting of gutters, collection and disposal of refuse from homes, public places, markets and Lorry Parks, and Emptying of Street Litter Bins" she said.

Madam Dapaah charged residents to clean their homes and immediate environs in support of the exercise.

The sector Minister also hinted that bsides the strategic locations within the respective municipalities, special attention was paid to the Accra-Tema Motorway where the Ghana Armed Forces and the Prisons Service did an impressive work during the second week by cleaning the entire stretch.

She said "Hon. Chairman, additionally, the Galloway Drain in Agbogbloshie, which is always filled with plastic waste and other debris is being desilted to facilitate free flow of water along the channel. Following the huge success and impact of the clean-up exercise in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area (GKMA), as part of the measures to keep the cities clean and to also help fight against the spread of the covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry facilitated a two day scaled-up clean up exercise from Wednesday 13th to Thursday 14th May 2020 in all the other 14 regions"

She also mentioned that as part of renewed efforts to attain the vision of President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of making our cities clean, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has also launched an Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation.

She explained that the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation has membership of 17 drawn from Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and the private sector to enhance multi-sectoral collaboration.

"It is also to coordinate all efforts by stakeholder Ministries, Agencies and Departments to enhance efficiency and ensure acceleration in the delivery of a clean Ghana for all residents and visitors as envisioned" she noted.