President Nana Akufo-Addo called for a change in attitude from Ghanaians and also mentioned some policy initiatives to enforce already existing sanitation laws.
At the launch, he called for a change in attitude from Ghanaians and also mentioned some policy initiatives to enforce already existing sanitation laws.
He admitted that a poor sanitation habit equals a sick nation.
Quoting Ghana’s former Prime Minister Kofi Busia, he said: “the health of the people of this country is as much a part of our resource as our cocoa and mineral wealth.”
He admitted that indiscipline was a major stumbling block in Ghana’s attempts to improve sanitation, but stressed that his government intends to make “a fresh start.”
He said his government is on a mission to ensure that Accra is the cleanest city in Africa by the time he leaves office.
Below are some key points from the National Sanitation Campaign initiative:
• Establishment of the National Sanitation Authority
• Establishment of National Sanitation Fund, which President Akufo-Addo said will be “announced shortly.”
• Local government must see to it that one house; one toilet policy is adhered to.
• Sanitation Ministry and Attorney General’s office to set aside a day to try sanitation offences
• The Evaluation and Monitoring Minister is to publish Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assembly’s sanitation performances quarterly.
• Sanitation Ambassadors will be appointed to help with the campaign.
• The development of three new material recovery sites for the recovery and recycling of waste from Accra.
• Providing adequate resources for waste management companies with modern and effective tools for their work.
• All government departments and agencies will be assigned two officers, Sanitation Marshals and Deputy Marshals, to ensure the compliance to sanitation by-laws.
• The establishment of a National Sanitation Brigade, made up of Ghanaian youth, to enforce sanitation laws nationwide.
• Automatic sweepers will be deployed for major streets