MEDIA reports on the relaunch of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project make interesting reading.
The Times does not have issues with the relaunch of the $150 million project; the problem, however, is the priorities set by the imple-menters.
According to story (published today on Page 7), the project was relaunched with the presentation of 25 Ford double-cabin pick-ups to eleven metropolitan and municipal assemblies, with which to address the sanitation challenges facing them.
We find it difficult appreciating that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the implementing agencies should consider the purchase and presentation of pick-ups a priority, instead of refuse collection trucks and other equipment necessary for the job.
The project is intended to increase access to improved sanitation and water supply in the low income communities, and one wonders how the purchase of the double-cabin pick-ups would help improve sanitation.
Although we acknowledge that the officials need to be mobile to monitor the project, the implementation should necessarily, take off before the monitoring; more so when they already have official vehicles and do not, therefore, need brand new ones to conduct their monitoring effectively.
Sanitation has been a major problem to the nation; and the biggest challenge to the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.
Many of the ailments treated at the hospitals — malaria, cholera etc. — could be traced to the insanitary conditions in the communities, and the nation had to expend huge sums of money to fight the cholera outbreaks in the country over the last few years.
These monies could have be used to finance more development pro-jects for the general good.
This is why we expect the agencies to tackle the sanitation and water project with the due diligence required and ensure its success.
We wish them the best!