Walking the sanitation talk!

The government last week, issued directives to Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to provide leadership in the campaign for healthy environment to make Accra, and for that matter, the country, devoid of filth.

For once, officials of the MDAs had to put on their “working gears” to engage in “fatigue” to undertake the clean-up exercise and to commit to live in a clean environment as part of the overall agenda of achieving the aim of the cleanest city in the Africa.

The Ghanaian Times commends the initiative and adds that it must not be a one day wonder. Charity they say, begins at home. So state institutions, the duty bearers must push the development agenda hard and provide the leadership to the rest of the country to follow.

No doubt, state institutions that prosecute the government’s agenda, through the implementation of the plans and programes to deliver services to society must show the way. They owe it a duty to provide the leadership that will inspire and whip up confidence in Ghanaians to inculcate good habits to promote our socio-economic development.

Often, we blame ourselves for not walking the talk. We believe this is the time to rise up to the challenge and prove that we are a serious country and committed to our goal of living in a clean environment and make us the gateway to the West African sub-region.

We have endured insanitary and filthy environment for long, and we seem to be losing the fight against environmental cleanliness. We believe we can turn things around, given the political will and adequate resource allocation.

Indeed, it is not for nothing that a ministry has been created to oversee, among other, things related to environmental cleanliness. We are not surprised that Ghanaians are demanding their due from the ministry.

It is time to put all hands on deck to ensure that we realise the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to decrease inequalities, spur economic growth and decent jobs, improve infrastructure in the cities, speed up industrialisation, slow down climate change and secure access to justice for all, as well as improve sanitation and address the healthcare imperatives to reduce maternal and child mortality and HIV infections.

We have a huge challenge at hand to achieve the targets set under the SDGs to be realised by 2030. Much so, when our own President is a co-Chair of a group of eminent personalities charged with the responsibility of mobilising global support for the realisation of the global agenda 2030.

Underpinning this global development agenda is sanitation; development can only take place in very clean and secured environment.

Cleanliness leads to good health and good health results in better development outcomes.

Our technocrats must lead the way to achieve the vision of making Accra the cleanest city on the continent!




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