GHANA COMPLETES DRAFT POLICY FOR A NATIONAL SANITATION AUTHORITY

Accra, The government has completed a draft policy to establish a National Sanitation Authority to regulate and lead the implementation of quality sanitation services to Ghanaians, says Water Resources and Sanitation Minister Joseph Kofi Adda.

The authority would have a supporting Sanitation Fund which would make financial resources readily available for its activities, he said at a media briefing here Thursday, adding that the draft policy made provisions for the establishment of a dedicated enforcement team to be known as National Sanitation Brigade whose members would ensure compliance with sanitation laws and regulations.

The policy is currently awaiting approval by the Cabinet, said Adda, who added that the government would soon launch a total sanitation campaign strategy to rally citizens to get involved in making the country clean.

”This would be spread throughout the country and penetrate the entire strata of Ghanaian society down to the lowest level and to get everyone involved in the national drive to make our nation clean,” he said.

The Minister noted that an assessment of the entire value chain of the sanitation sector had been done with the view to restructuring it to ensure efficient operations. After extensive consultations with stakeholders, the right architecture and operational modalities had been developed to deliver the President’s agenda of making Ghana clean and the national capital, Accra, the cleanest city in Africa.

He said waste was a resource, therefore, government was in consultation with various investors to process waste into value added by-product such as energy, compost fertilizer and recycled plastics and paper.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK