February 1, 2018

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey has called for collaborative efforts from the Metropolitan, Municipal and the District Assemblies within the Region to deal with the deteriorating sanitation condition.

He however pointed out that, the situation is not hopeless with the efforts of Government and the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) sanitation and water project including eleven (11) Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies in the capital with support from the World Bank.

Mr. Ashitey made this remark at a stakeholders’ sensitization forum for preparing an integrated urban environmental sanitation master plan for Greater Accra Metropolitan Area.

He further lamented over the inability to provide decent toilet facilities despite our 60 years of independence and being a middle income country.

“Less than twenty percent of the populations have access to improved sanitation, this is unacceptable and we need to collectively take urgent and immediate action to address the issue”, he said.

The former Tema East legislator noted that a number of sanitation and water related projects are being implemented, in the GAMA area on critical environmental sanitation including excreta disposal, solid waste management and storm drainage.

He however pointed out that the region is faced with serious challenges like lack of adequate disposal facilities, bad attitude of the general public, indiscriminate dumping of waste and unwillingness to pay for services.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com