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LOCAL NEWS: "Accra Is 85% Clean" - Sanitation Minister Discloses

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecelia Abena Dapaa has disclosed the country is on the verge of achieving President Akufo-Addo's promise of making Accra, the cleanest city in Africa.

According to Madam Dapaah, Accra is 85% clean.

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Addressing Journalists after a clean-up exercise in Nima on Tuesday, the Minister said “If we stop throwing rubbish into the drains, the drains will be clearer and neater and our homes will also be clean because the Assembly has been tasked to send round the tricycles to pick up our waste. So I am telling you and I know you will quote it that, we are 85% through [with making Accra the cleanest city]. You all saw the 100% we achieved during the lockdown. So the question is, who makes Accra dirty?”

She added although Government is doing its bit to ensure it achieves its dream, there are a section of the public who are still making the city dirty.

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It will be recalled, President Akufo-Addo on April 24, 2017 publicly promised Ghanaians, he will ensure the city becomes the cleanest in Africa by the end of his first term in office.

However, some Ghanaians who spoke to ThinkNews Online say they doubt President Akufo-Addo will be able to achieve his dream of making Accra the cleanest city in his first term.

Madam Dapaah underscored the need for landlords to ensure their households have at least one dustbin to store their waste temporarily since the local assemblies will dispatch tricycles for collection.

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"President will go for two terms and at the end of that term, Accra would have been [cleanest city] and we are on course…God is in control and the battle is still the Lords. He has put the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources on the top priority list of government to be able to access all the budget that it needs,” she stated.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith