Today January 23, 2022

Sanitation: Danquah Institute commends Greater Accra Regional Minister

Policy Think Tank, Danquah Institute (DI) has commended the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Quartey for the steps he has taken to make Greater Accra work again.

According to the Executive Director of Danquah Institute Dr. Antionette Tsiboe-Darko, Mr. Quartey has proven to be an agent of transformation.

Speaking at a Press Conference in Accra on Wednesday, 24th November 2021, the Institute stated that the improvements in sewerage especially in our major cities Accra and Kumasi are therefore steps in the right direction.

“The recent demolition exercise along the Kpeshie lagoon is worth mentioning,” she said.

Dr. Antionette Tsiboe-Darko mentioned even though these structures have been demolished, the burden of desilting still remains and if not tackled, it will result in severe floods. Such activities will continue to remain a burden on government expenditure when they can be avoided altogether, she added.

Though the budget speaks to several desilting works at various stages of completion, we believe that early detection and prevention also need to be looked at and this is not just for the government but also for all citizens to build at rightly designated sites.

The Executive Director of the Institute said, in 2018 number of communities that had achieved open defecation-free status was 12% and this improved to 18% in 2020 and the target is 26% in 2024. Proper disposal of solid waste was at 75% in 2018 and in 2020 it improved to 80%. The target is 85% in 2024. Improvements in sewerage especially in our major cities Accra and Kumasi are therefore steps in the right direction.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Quartey, since assuming office has set out to tackle the issues that have become a drawback to the capital city’s development.

The Institute urges regulatory agencies to step up their game and prevent the occurrence of waste disposal at the wrong places.

Source: Ghana Web

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