SANITATION: “8,100 Litter Bins Have Been Supplied In Various Regions” – Sanitation Minister
As part of measures of ensure the country is clean and free from filth, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecelia Abena Dapaah says her Ministry has supplied 8,100 litter bins across capitals in the various regions in Ghana.
According to her, the 8,100 litter bins represents the first phase of the 5 years litter bin project which was instituted by her ministry.
Speaking at a virtual conference organized by Friends of Nana Addo (FONA Institute), Chicago on the theme " Making Accra the cleanest city in Africa", Madam Dapaah said “I believe we are on the same page when it comes to the topic of sanitation. The Litter bin project spams for a period of 5 years. For the first year, we have done a supply of 8,100 litter bins across the capitals in the various regions. We all want to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa”
She added, since sanitation is a powerful driver of the national economy which also impacts on health, education, it is appropriate to appreciate the fact that it is a priority of the NPP government.
She however noted that President Akufo-Addo will love for Ghanaians to support the agenda in ensuring homes, workplaces and the environment are as clean as he wants it to be.
Madam Dapaah said “He saw that cleanliness has deteriorated and to cement everything else, he created the ministry of sanitation and water resources. At the end of the day, I must also state that nobody can practice effective sanitation without no water, hence the joint sectors should make sure the washing sector is adequately placed as a priority of government”
Madam Dapaah also hinted her Ministry has established a special task-force on environmental cleanliness which has about 12 ministries on it.
“We also have the statistics that 75% of our solid waste is in the urban cities are properly managed. We are working closely with the private sector because we believe, we need to encourage the private sector to help the assemblies roll out effective management of solid waste. The assemblies are autonomous. They can engage the private sectors whiles we do the monitoring at a central point” she disclosed.
She explained her Ministry is collating the national and local environmental laws and bringing on board the sanitation authority who will be a pillar for all sanitation issues.
“We tackled the integrated urban environmental sanitation master-plan and this is also almost ready. We have engineered our land-fill site in Kpone in Accra and Oti in the Ashanti Region”
Other speakers at the conference shared their thoughts on how the Sanitation Ministry can do more to ensure President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) achieves its dream on making Accra and other regions clean.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith