Sunday, 19 November 2017
President orders MMDAs to appoint sanitation officers

President orders MMDAs to appoint sanitation officers

By Daniel NONOR, Accra

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has tasked the various Ministries, Department and Agencies to assign two sanitation officers to oversee compliance of sanitation by-laws in the country.

The initiative forms part of government’s agenda to make the various cities one of the cleanest on the continent.
“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,” the President directed.
The President gave the directive at the launch of the National Sanitation Campaign at the Banquet Hall of the State House yesterday.
Furthermore, 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.
Additionally, President Akufo-Addo revealed that a corps of young men and women, the National Sanitation Brigade, will see to the enforcement of rules and regulations on sanitation, whether in state establishments, in private establishments or households.
“The personnel of this outfit would conduct regular visits to all offices to ensure that there is compliance and, where it so requires, take legal action against those infringing on the laws,” he added.

The President further charged the citizenry to be agents of change in their respective localities by ensuring a clean environment.
He acknowledged that the government cannot do it alone, and thus called on chiefs and religious leaders to lend a helping hand.
“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.”
Touching on the value chain of sanitation in Accra, President Akufo-Addo noted that rezoning the concessions, equipping of tricycle operators and constructing of mini-transfer stations to facilitate the rapid collection and transportation of waste from the cities will be done.
Additionally, the President announced that government has taken measures to acquire, for the Accra Metropolitan Area, three new sites to serve as integrated material recovery sites to address the issue of disposal of waste.
The three sites are located at Otinibi, Nsumia Number 3 in the Adoagyiri Municipality, and another in the Gbawe/Mallam area. Similar undertakings, he said, are being explored in the other regions to ensure that there are adequate, modern, engineered and environmentally acceptable sites for the processing of waste nationwide.
“I wish to stress that it is the policy of government to acquire and own these sites, in partnership with the private sector. Management service contracts of these sites will be awarded through a competitive tendering process. This policy will ensure fair play and avoid monopoly,” he added.

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