DURING THE launch of the National Sanitation Campaign in Accra last Monday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stressed the need for Ghanaians to actively engage themselves in keeping the country clean.
According to the President, the campaign will run throughout his entire tenure and assured Ghanaians of his commitment to making the campaign a success.
President Akufo-Addo further urged every government department and agency, including the Seat of Government, to assign 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.
“We will commence with the Government business district, which covers the Presidency, Parliament House, the Ministries, and the Courts. We will focus on the ceremonial and arterial roads going in and out of the city, to ensure that they are regularly cleaned up,” the President said.
He continued that, “I will not be left out of this exercise. I will be directly involved, as I intend to monitor activities of the national campaign, to ensure that its goals are attained. I will review, on a quarterly basis, with the Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, the performance of each Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly, and publish the results of the review.”
The President observed that indiscipline had been a major cause of the unsanitary situation in most parts of the country, adding that it is not in the nature of Ghanaians to be dirty.
President Akufo-Addo further said there would be the National Sanitation Brigade which would see to the enforcement of rules and regulations on sanitation, whether in state establishments, in private establishments or households.
Additionally, there would be automated sweepers deployed on the streetsand in major concentrations to ensure that the cities are kept clean at all times.
In as much as we applaud the government for taking up this initiative to make the country clean, theDAILY HERITAGE will plead with it to put in place practical measures to ensure that the aim of the campaign is achieved.
The paper is, however, worried about how issues of this magnitude are abandoned completely or midway after its launch due to lack of planning and poor implementation asalmost everything is left clean on paper.
The DAILY HERITAGE will like to urge the government to place more seriousness on the sanitation campaign just like it did on the galamsey fight to ensure that the aim is fully achieved.
We urge the Ministry and the other stakeholders to fully enforce all the laws and punish offenders, if necessary.
The paper however pledge its support to the government and Ghanaians, and urge the media to take up this fight to ensure Ghana becomes a clean and safe country.