President Akufo Addo has announced there’ll soon be special days set aside to try sanitation cases soon as part of measures to realize his dream of improving the sanitation situation in the country.
He’s tasked the Ministry of Water and Sanitation to liaise with the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffu to ensure this is done.
The president has assured Ghanaians that his Sanitation Agenda will not be a “nine day wonder”, adding that he and his government have developed a comprehensive programme to arrest the sanitation predicament of the Republic.
Speaking at a ceremony to officially launch the National Sanitation Campaign at the Banquet Hall of the State House, President Akufo Addo said successive governments have tried several Sanitation models that have not worked.
His initiative is thus a fresh start that will make everyday a Sanitation day in the country.
As part of efforts to lead by example, the President has directed that Sanitation Marshal and a Deputy Marshal be appointed by every government agency and department including the seat of government to oversee compliance of the laws regarding Sanitation in their respective offices
Three Thematic Areas for the Campaign
The newly launched National Sanitation Campaign will focus on three thematic areas that will seek to change the attitudes of Ghanaians. The three areas are; Stop Open Urination, Stop Open Defecation and Stop Littering.
The Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation, Joseph Kofi Adda, in his speech identified major logistical challenges his ministry is facing such as lack of lands for processing of waste and lack of adequate equipment to deal with waste that is generated by the populists.
To these concerns, the President assured that three new sites have been identified to help deal with the concerns over lack of lands.
The President also pledged that his government will make provision for all other logistical challenges that the Ministry needs to deal with in order to keep Ghana clean.