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By Francis Tandoh
ACCRA, Sept. 27 ? Ghana may not attain its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on sanitation due to the poor management of its wastes, an official of the Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) warned here?Friday.
?? Benjamin Arthur, Executive Secretary of CONIWAS, who was briefing journalists here on a recent water and sanitation conference (Mole XXIV Conference) held in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region (Province) regional capital, 270 km north of Accra, said most big towns and cities had no proper waste management systems.
?? A Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) indicated that 15 percent of Ghana?s 24.7 million people had access to improved latrine while 48 percent had shared latrine, with 23 percent practicing open defecation.
?? Arthur observed that the country lacked proper mechanisms to manage the waste of those who had access to improved and shared latrines, which, he noted, was quite frightening and disturbing.
?? ?Technically, there is no system for managing our wastes in Ghana because one cannot tell exactly where the wastes of those with access to latrines end,? he said.
?? Arthur therefore called on the government to effectively partner academia, development partners and the private sector to operationalize the country?s environment and sanitation sector investment plan.
?? He also called on the ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to ensure transparency and accountability in sanitation management, as well as to strictly enforce legislations and bye-laws on sanitation.
??? Addressing the 68th United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York,?on Thursday, Ghana?s President John Dramani Mahama conceded that the country was not in a position to meet the deadline on sanitation but observed that efforts were underway to improve the situation.
?? “We are on track to achieving MDGs 2, 3, and 6 as well. School enrolment, gender parity and reduction of HIV/AIDS have all seen dramatic progress and statistical shifts as a result of the work that has been done to reach our targets while we are lagging in MDGs 4, 5, and 7 – infant and maternal mortality – as well as water and sanitation,” he said. Enditem.
Source: Franis Tandoh

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