Samuel Dodoo, GNA
Accra, Jan. 21, GNA
– The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) has reaffirmed its
commitment towards attaining President Akufo-Addo’s vision of making Accra the
cleanest city by inaugurating a special a Taskforce on Environmental
The Taskforce is to
assess the current solid waste management challenges and propose workable
solutions, coordinate the performances of the metropolitan, municipal and
district assemblies (MMDAs) to provide effective sanitation service delivery
and monitor the work of service providers.
The ministries of
Works and Housing, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Local
Government and Rural Development, Roads and Highways, Tourism, Culture and
Creative Arts, Information, and Inner City and Zongo Development make up the
Taskforce, which has 12 months to come out with a holistic plan.
The Greater Accra
Regional Coordinating Council and four municipal chief executives under the
Accra Metropolitan Assembly are also represented on the Taskforce.
The sector ministers
of the above ministries are automatic members of the Taskforce with the MSWR
being the Chair.
Madam Cecilia Abena
Dapaah, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, who inaugurated it,
said this was to scale up the fight against the insanitary conditions in the
She said the
Taskforce would deploy all necessary means within the confines of the law to
ensure the cities were clean in pursuant to the collective vision of the
“One recalls and
wonders how overnight the once law-abiding Ghanaian has become recalcitrant and
developed poor attitude towards the environment,” she said.
Madam Dapaah said
poor sanitation impacted negatively on so many segments of the economy, costing
the nation money, time and pain.
“This attitude has
led to numerous diseases and conditions,” she said, adding that each and
everyone had a role to play in making Ghana a clean nation.
She said the MMDAs
could not do it alone and needed the support of residents to keep the cities
The Minister called
on the media to intensify their campaign on sanitation to help resolve the