Sanitation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, believes some of the citizenry do not understand what his job entails.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo did not appoint him to take a broom and sweep the streets, but to institutionalize structures that will make the country clean.
The Minister has come in for strong criticism, with sections of the public accusing him of failing in his duties to keep the various cities clean.
Others have also called for him to be dismissed from office, labeling him as incompetent.
However, Mr. Adda believes such calls are misplaced, insisting he has been very effective since being appointed as Sanitation Minister.
According to him, those calling for his sack do not know anything about what the role of a Sanitation Minister entails.
“You send me to a new terrain, totally virgin area, a place like this that the president wants things done in a very deep-seated manner and you want that to be done tomorrow. You want the minister to go out tomorrow with a broom and a wheelbarrow to collect the waste; that’s not the minister’s job,” he said in an interview with Starr FM.
“I think they [critics] have to understand that, and go back and understand: ‘What is the role of the ministry to start with and how should we collaborate with others?’ And I bet you by middle of this year, you’ll find a totally transformed sanitation sector in this country that will last the test of time.”
He bemoaned the lack of patience of some of the citizenry in their expectations for a clean Accra.
According to him, expecting short term solutions to the country’s sanitation problems is almost impossible.
He further explained if it only when structures are made to function properly that the country can become clean.
He assured that “the overnight solution people are expecting to get from the Sanitation Ministry will not happen just like that. It will take some time”.
Mr. Adda has also been summoned by Parliament to come answer questions on the water rationing going on in some parts of Ghana.