To ensure the sustainability of the National Sanitation Day, the Greater Accra Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) is working in tandem with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to draw a comprehensive plan and calendar for the exercise.
To this end, the RCC is reviewing the calendar from monthly exercises to two weeks intervals.
Joseph Nii Afotey Agbo, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, said this in a speech read on his behalf at a two-day meeting of the RCC on Monday.
Participants were metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives, presiding members and traditional rulers.
He said the MMDCEs would be held responsible for any avoidable flooding and sanitation problems which would occur in their respective districts, as “posterity will not forgive us if we refuse or are unable to do the right thing”.
“As key functionaries at the regional and district levels, we need to co-ordinate our efforts towards developing a comprehensive standard for waste management in our communities.
“The National Sanitation Exercise has been handed over to the Regional Co-ordinating Councils, as such we need to go the extra mile to ensure massive participation to sustain the gains made so far,” he stated.
Mr. Afotey Agbo said it was incumbent on the chief executives to place the national interest above their individual interests and work harmoniously towards the region’s development.
The Minister noted that the region’s general performance in the newly introduced District League Table had not been encouraging, saying that with the exception of Tema Metropolitan assembly which featured prominently in the list of the first 20 Assemblies throughout the country, most of the Assemblies in the region logged behind on the ladder.
He was also unhappy with the Assemblies operations in terms of revenue mobilisation saying it left much to be desired.
According to him, the government was not expected to be confronted with matters that could be best handled at the district level, and urged the Assemblies to get their acts together and live up to their responsibilities for the good of the people.
By Castro Zangina-Tong