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Sanitation fight is collective - Joseph Adda

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Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, has called on the citizenry to join hands with government in championing the fight against sanitation.

Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, has called on the citizenry to join hands with government in championing the fight against sanitation.

 

The minister noted that the sanitation fight was a collective one and urged to media to assist the ministry in sensitizing Ghanaians to ensure better implementation of policies.

He was speaking during an encounter with the media on projects being undertaken by the ministry in the bid to achieve the president’s vision in making Accra the cleanest and most beautiful city in Africa.

“Our core mandate is to contribute to improvement in the living standards of Ghanaians through increased access to and the use of safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices and sustainable management of water resources,” the Minister said.

Mr Adda disclosed that during the 2017 year, the ministry earmarked projects to address open defecation, access to environmental sanitation facilities, clearing unauthorized dumping sites, access to potable water and addressing weak enforcement of sanitation by laws.

The projects, he revealed, had yielded the expected outcomes, with an improvement in raw water quality index from 28% in 2016 to 35% in 2017, an increase in rural and small town water coverage from 62.03% in 2016 to 65% in 2017, and an increase in urban water coverage from 76% in 2016 to 80% in 2017.

He added that the outcomes had contributed to an increase in the national sanitation coverage from 13% in 2016 to 15% in 2017.

He noted that the ministry faced challenges with regards to inadequate and untimely release of the budgetary allocations, non-compliance of certain sector practitioners to guidelines and technical standards, non-payment of bills, high supply demand gap among and bad attitudinal behaviour of citizens, among others.

“Citizens need to come together to support the fight against sanitation, which is a key challenge in the country in addressing the fight against unsanitary conditions”, he reiterated.

He called on the media to devise mechanisms to assist in championing the sanitation fight in the country, to achieve better outcomes.

Outlining projects to be undertaken in the 2018 year, he said that the ministry would train staff to boost the capacity of personnel, enhance the coordination for sector programmes, and undertake monitoring to ensure compliance with sector guidelines and standards.

The Minister stated that the ministry would implement the National Drinking Water Quality Management framework and develop an integrated Data Management Center.