President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday November 13, 207, launched the National Sanitation Campaign not only with a call for a change in attitude from Ghanaians, but some policy initiatives to enforce already existing sanitation laws.
The president admitted that indiscipline was a major stumbling block in Ghana’s attempts to improve sanitation, but stressed that his government intendeds to make “a fresh start.”
The New Patriotic Party had pledged to introduce a comprehensive programme to address Ghana’s dire sanitation situation, especially in urban areas.
The President has made it his mission to make sure Accra is the cleanest city in Africa by the time he leaves office. “The health of the people of this country is as much a part of our resource as our cocoa and mineral wealth,” the President said, quoting Ghana’s former Prime Minister Kofi Busia.
Below are some key points from the National Sanitation Campaign initiative:
*Establishment of the National Sanitation Authority
*Establishment of National Sanitation Fund, which will be “announced shortly,” according to the President.
*Local government charged to ensure one house, one toilet policy is adhered to.
*Sanitation Ministry and Attorney General’s office to set aside a day to try sanitation offenses
*The Evaluation and Monitoring Minister is to publish Metropolitan,
*Municipal, 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.
*The government intends to adequately resource 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.
*The deployment of automatic sweepers for major streets