Government to settle debt to facilitate good sanitation

By Agnes
Ansah, GNA

Accra, July 18, GNA – President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the assurance that his government would settle
debts owed the sanitation service providers to facilitate the evacuation of
refuse in the country.

This, he said, would enable service providers
to deliver timely and efficient services and fulfil government’s commitment to
making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

President Akufo-Addo said this during a media
encounter on Tuesday at the Flagstaff House.

He said the huge debts owed service providers
was hampering their ability to deliver timely and efficient services.

“Therefore the debts would be paid and the
evacuation of the refuse would be aggressively pursued,” he said.

The President said provisions had been made to
augment sanitation infrastructures in the country.

He said waste transfer stations would be
constructed at strategic locations to facilitate rapid collection to final
disposal sites.

This project, he said, would begin in the
Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly and would be extended to other parts of the

Addressing the issue on open defecation,
President Akufo-Addo said he was uncertain about the current state of the Accra
Sewerage Improvement Project which was aimed at improving and expanding
sewerage and sanitation facilities in Accra and its environs.

He, however, said before any major project
took place, there would be community engagements to ascertain their views on
such projects since they are the beneficiaries.

He said: “Ghana has a very wide decentralised
system hence it’s important to engage the communities whenever beginning any
major project”.

The Presidential encounter was to enable the
President to render account of his stewardship for the past six months and
harness support for the initiatives he has espoused to change the
socio-economic fortunes of Ghana.

Mr Mustapha Hamid, the Minister of
Information, said the meeting formed part of the tenets of democracy.

He said it was the responsibility of the
Government to interact with the media, as the Fourth Estate of the Realm, to
enable them to disseminate information to the public.

Some of the key areas the President touched on
were the issues of insecurity, illegal mining, the economy, agriculture,
sanitation, infrastructure and education.


Please follow and like us:


Write a comment

9+1 = ?