Gov't will always make sanitation its topmost priority - Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah
H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on Monday officially opened the Compositing and Recycling Plant constructed by Jospong Group of companies at Adagya in Kumasi.
The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah says government’s investment in sanitation will positively influence human development, explaining that the wellbeing of Ghanaians is one key reason why government established an office to take care of hygiene and empower waste management.
She requested that recycling plants are necessary in all the 16 regions of Ghana to help recycle the “19,671 metric tonnes of waste produced daily” in Ghana into very useful raw materials.
“Government will continue to invest in sanitation, recognizing that sanitation is among the powerful drivers of National economy and positively impact on health, education, tourism and human development,” she said.
“It is gratifying to note that sanitation is so important to the government of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo hence the establishment of the ministry of sanitation and water resources to coordinate the activities to the water sanitation and hygiene sector.
“It is for this reason that we are recommending and commending also for the establishment of similar plants in all the 16 regions.”
The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on Monday, September 28, 2020, officially opened the Compositing and Recycling Plant constructed by Jospong Group of companies at Adagya in Kumasi. It is the sixth plant commissioned by the president and will also serve as training grounds for our youth who can fit in the sanitation value chain to create wealth for themselves.
She spoke on the ill effects of improper waste management practices in the country saying that the act, “over the years have resulted in various land filth site and mounting some waste in the nukes and crannies of our towns and villages.
This compounded by inadequate service delivery arrangement and capacity challenges from service providers. In the may, waste reduction reused and recycling activities to reduce waste remain localized.
She added that “Results have been achieved with the provision of water and sanitation facilities including free water for all Ghanaians for the past six months. His excellency has graciously extended the free water supply by another three months till the end of the years, 31 December 2020.
She further disclosed that the Ministry is focused on “focused on creating a coordinated and coherent comprehensive approach to solid waste management that is progressive and aligned with morning practices in waste management and recovery of materials,” and per the 2019 report released by the ministry of monitoring and evaluation, a large portion of solid waste generated in the urban centres is now properly managed.