The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, says the vision to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa will not be realised if sanitation challenges are left for the Ministry alone to address.
She explained that the President’s vision was a challenge to all Ghanaians to take up responsible roles, with the ministry as the lead, in ensuring that Accra is transformed into a clean and safe city.
“The President is the leader of the country so the vision to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa is a collective challenge to all Ghanaians and not only the ministry. We all, as citizens, have roles to play if the vision can be achieved. The ministry is on course with several initiatives and we require the support of the populace to be successful,” she stated.
The minister was addressing the media on the sidelines of the ministry’s mid-year performance review workshop in Accra yesterday.
One key activity the ministry was embarking on, Madam Dapaah, said, was the ‘naming and shaming’ of people caught engaging in poor sanitary practices to deter people from polluting the environment and sensitise the public on the negative consequences of environmental harm.
In the meantime, she stated that, the ministry was in collaboration with the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs), which were mostly the implementation agencies, to roll out initiatives aimed at improving sanitation in the various communities.
She said the workshop was to review the ministry’s past performance and to look at what have been achieved and re-strategise for the future to be able to deliver on its mandate within the stipulated time and provide water for all by 2030 as envisaged in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The president wants the country to be clean and with Ghana being selected as headquarters of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), which would bring together 1.2 billion people to trade, we as a sector ministry have to provide the necessary ingredients to make sure this is achieved with excellence,” Madam Dapaah added.
BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS and DANIEL ASANTE