President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced a GH₵200m investment plan to combat sanitation across the country.
According to him “government is working with various private sector operators to tackle this major challenge, with strategies that are intended to effect a change in our attitudes towards waste generation, as well as to improve dramatically our methods of waste management.”
The President said this when he delivered his second State of the Nation at Parliament House in Accra on Thursday 8 February.
He bemoaned the state of filth in the country and indicated his commitment to tackle the growing menace adding that strategies to deal with the challenge will be complemented by the strict enforcement of sanitation rules and regulations.
“Urgent attention will be given to clearing of rubbish all around the country. Apart from the systematic efforts being made to resolve the legacy of inherited debts in the sector, government will spend this year, an amount of GH₵200m to address the vexed issue of sanitation,” he said.
The President called on public authorities to come out with practical measures to deal with the challenge as a matter of urgency and in the case of Accra, make it one of the cleanest in Africa.
“The state of sanitation in our cities is wholly unacceptable. Our cities have been engulfed filth. There is the urgent need for public authorities to find means of making our cities clean, and in the case of Accra, fulfilling my pledge, one of the most ambitions of my presidency, to make it the cleanest city in Africa, by the end of my term”.
Government in November last year, launched the National Sanitation Campaign not only with a call for a change in attitude from Ghanaians, but some policy initiatives to enforce already existing sanitation laws.