Julius Debrah,Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
Julius Debrah,Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Nii Lantey Vanderpuje has disclosed that government has secured a Hundred Million Dollar facility from some Development partners to assist households without toilets to build one, but is working towards effecting the country’s sanitation by-laws so as to ensure the success of the project.

Julius Debrah,Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
Julius Debrah,Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

According to the Deputy Minister, the facility was secured to implement an existing policy to ensure that every home has a standardized and functioning toilet. But the project stalled for lack of funding over the years.

He also alluded to the fact that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development was teaming up with the Attorney General’s Department to review the nation’s by-laws on Sanitation to be a bit more punitive for offenders.

” The by-laws we have on Sanitation are less potent and as such, they are not deterrent enough for people to shy away from flouting them. So, the Ministry is working effectively with the Attorney General’s Department to review some of the by-laws, especially the by-law on open defecation. We are trying to make it punitive enough for people to run away from such sins.” He added.

The Government instituted the National Sanitation Program on the 1st of November 2014 in a response to the Cholera outbreak earlier that year. A day is set aside for voluntary clean up exercise by residents in all communities in the country.

Collins Owusu-Amankwah, was more concerned about the National Sanitation program which he thinks is becoming ineffective due to the fact that it is not backed by law.

” Unfortunately, the program is not backed by any law and as such, not much is achieved. Ghana was recently ranked the 7th dirtiest country in the world but the program was supposed to galvanize all Ghanaians for a clean up exercise. “He lamented.

The MP wants the program to be reviewed to compel people and to make room for the sensitisation of the citizenry to take active part in the exercise without any undue partisanship for the aims and purposes of the program to be achieved.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

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