Sanitation: We’ll enforce the law – Adda
Joseph Kofi Adda, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, has revealed that the laws will be enforced strictly to deal with the sanitation issues that have saddled the country.
Public education and awareness creation, he said, will also be carried out alongside the enforcement of the law
He told Chief Jerry Forson, host of the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM on Tuesday November 14 that: “Some know the law but they are refusing to comply with it. You and I know that we are not supposed to defecate openly but we are doing it, so we don’t need to be educated about that.
“You and I know that we are not supposed to be urinating openly but we are doing it, you and I know that we are not supposed to be disposing our wastes and plastics and papers all about but we are doing it, but certainly education and public awareness has to continue.
“It is a continue process and we will be doing that alongside law enforcement. We are be making an arrest and prostate offenders.”
His comments come after the launch of the National Sanitation Campaign by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday November 13.
Mr Akufo-Addo said Ghanaians had an obligation to keep the environment clean every day, indicating that the citizenry have to do so daily, and not on a monthly basis.
According to him, “EVERY DAY IS SANITATION DAY”. “I recognize, however, that the government cannot do it alone. This is where I wish to call on all of us, especially our Chiefs and Queen Mothers, religious and opinion leaders, civil society organisations, private sector operators, to rise up to the challenge and help make a difference this time around.”
in leading by example, President Akufo-Addo noted that every government department and agency, including the Seat of Government, is assigning two officers, to be designated Sanitation Marshal and Deputy Marshal, to oversee compliance of their outfits and their staff to the laid down by-laws with regard to sanitation in their respective offices.
Ministers, Chief Executives and Chief Directors of government departments and agencies will be held accountable for any lapses in the failure to comply with this directive, the President stressed.
He added that “the heads of departments have one week within which to identify and assign these officers. The Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate must take steps to train these appointed officers on their new roles within one month of their appointment.”