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National Sanitation Authority in the offing – Minister

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Godwill Arthur-Mensah/ Gideon Ahenkorah, GNA
    

Accra, Aug. 24, GNA –
Government has completed a draft policy to establish a National Sanitation
Authority to regulate and lead the implementation of quality sanitation
services to Ghanaians, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, the Minister of Water Resources and
Sanitation, has said.

He said the Authority
would have a supporting Sanitation Fund that would make financial resources
readily available for its activities.

He said the draft
policy had made provision for the establishment of a dedicated enforcement team
to be known as National Sanitation Brigade that would ensure compliance to
sanitation laws and regulations.

The policy is
currently before Cabinet awaiting approval.

Mr Adda made this
known at the Meet-the-Press encounter in Accra, on Thursday.

The Government, he
said, would soon launch a total sanitation campaign strategy that would rally
the entire 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.

Mr Adda said upon
extensive consultations with various stakeholders, the right architecture and
operational modalities had been developed in order 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.

He said the Ministry
was awaiting approval of funds to expand supply of water to rural areas in
order to deliver the ‘‘water for all’’ agenda of Government.

The drilling of
boreholes was ongoing and more funds had been earmarked to further expand
access to water to rural communities, he said.

GNA

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