Ghana’s sanitation situation is in an appalling state and this has lingered on for years. Clean water and sanitation is the 6th of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN but then Ghana has a lot of work to do if it has any hope of achieving this goal, looking at the state of affairs in the country today
Whiles the President was delivering his state of the nation’s address in 2017, he promised to allocate 200million cedis to address the issue of sanitation but then, the money has still not been released.
In view of this
The coalition of NGO’s in water and sanitation held a press conference at the World Vision International conference room to brief the media on national sanitation issues.
Whiles Mr Atta Arhin, the vice chairman for the coalition was addressing the media he said,
There’s an urgent need for the government to strengthen the Ministry of Water and Sanitation to deliver WASH programme development.
Notwithstanding the currently limited progress made in the area of sanitation, we believe the ministry of sanitation and water resources has the requisite human capacity to drive the president’s agenda of a cleaner and healthier Ghana and also to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
He advised the government, to put environmental health and sanitation at the centre of all development policies and strategies.
Make improved sanitation a key performance he added.
He further stated that the plastic waste recycling fund should be disbursed for accelerated recycling activities.
He quoted” it’s a waste to waste waste because waste is a natural resource.
If we cannot accelerate recycle, refuse and also cannot manage our waste effectively too, the government should have the political will towards placing a ban on the production, importation and use of non-bio degrader.
Story By: Isaac Otoo