A local governance expert has urged sanitation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, to step up his game to address the poor sanitary conditions in the country.
Mr George Kyei Baffour accused the Ministry of sleeping on the job as filth engulfs the capital city.
According to him, the poor sanitation conditions will continue, if debt owed to sanitation service providers contracted by the state are not settled.
“The minister and his ministry need to step up their game because I see they are not doing anything to bring cleanliness to the country. It’s getting worse and I think the government needs to settle those he owes to make sure that this issue is solved” he said.
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Mr Kyei Baffour was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosi Sen Wednesday.
Ghana’s problem with filth is well documented, with plastic waste noted as a major sanitation problem nationwide.
The capital city, Accra, is inundated with rubbish and uncollected garbage which has earned it the 4th dirtiest city in West Africa.
The sight of refuse dumped on the streets or on pavements is not uncommon, with the rubbish sometimes being left by the waste management companies.
President Nana Akufo-Addo notably pledged to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by the end of his tenure in office, but the GHc 892 debt owed some waste collectors will be a stumbling block to the President’s ambition.
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He argued that a year in the ministry is not enough to deal with the poor sanitary conditions and therefore government should settle debts owed providers in order to get the job done.
“Sanitation is not an event. You can’t create a Ministry in a short while and expect the Ministry to deal with this issue and so government should be serious in dealing with the issue” he said.