A Local Government Expert, Issaka Amon Kotei has questioned the viability of government’s latest sanitation campaign intended to rid the country of filth.
For him, the move is essentially to create avenue for people to get some jobs, insisting that appears to be the motive behind the policy.
“If you look at the Policy critically, and the spirit behind it, for me it looks like-Let’s get some people to do some work and give them some remuneration.” he told Kasapa 102.5 FM.
Mr. Amon Kotei said he doubts the number of Marshals that can be deployed onto the streets, and localities to get the job done.
“I wonder how these Marshals will attempt to do it. It’s not as easy as has been said by this communique…so for some of us we just wait and watch how we try to uphold the policy. No matter how you want to approach it, if you don’t get the fundamentals right you yourself will be frustrated- the people charged with that task may get frustrated along the line.
“Our electoral areas or the municipalities appears very cumbersome for someone to appreciate any public policy without movement of people.” he told host Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday November 13, 207, launched the National Sanitation Campaign announcing some policy initiatives to reinforce already existing sanitation laws.
He cited indiscipline as a major stumbling block in Ghana’s attempts to improve sanitation, but stressed his commitment to get the job done.
However, Mr. Amon Kotei told Kasapa FM the President’s Sanitation Campaign will hit a snag, if there are no clear plans to free-up the cities and urban areas, and move people living in Kiosks as well as other makeshift structures.
“Physically moving the people is the fundamental approach, then you can think of what next. How are you going to move the people in Alhajo for instance; those who are not in well-defined houses? Because the ice cream sellers, shoe shine boys and others are all perching in one kiosk or the other and we can’t capture them in any reasonable policy. So what do we do with those people? he questioned.
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