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Gov’t to spend GH¢200m to address sanitation issues

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo has indicated that there is the urgent need for public authorities to find means of making our cities clean.

According to him, the state of sanitation in the cities across the country is unacceptable. “The cities have been engulfed by filth, and, in the case of Accra, fulfilling my pledge, one of the most ambitious of my presidency, to make it the cleanest city in Africa, by the end of my term.” He added.

Delivering his 2018 State Of The Nation’s Address, President Akuffo-Addo indicated that government is working with various private sector operators to tackle this major challenge, with strategies that are intended to effect a change in attitudes of Ghanaians towards waste generation, as well as to improve dramatically the methods of waste management. He said this will be complemented by the strict enforcement of sanitation rules and regulations.

The president noted that 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¢200 million to address the vexed issue of sanitation.”

He was hopeful an appreciable improvement would be made in the sanitation situation in the country within the shortest possible time.

The Deputy Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, William Kwasi Sabi touching on the Address, said the major problem with sanitation has got to with the attitude of Ghanaians.

He indicated that citizen education is ongoing for Ghanaians to change their attitude towards the indiscriminate disposal of refuse.

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