Local Government Minister, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo is convinced the Mills administration is well on track in delivering its promise of an improved sanitation across the country.

He told Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng Ghana is a lot cleaner than the Mills administration met it in 2009.

He was quick to add though, that the administration still has a lot to do in ridding the country of the filth.

The Minister was reacting to a recent World Bank report which said at least GHS420 million is lost annually as a result of poor sanitation in the country.

According to him, the government through public and private partnerships has led to the distribution of some 700 trucks by Zoomlion to the various MMDAs to help the fight against poor sanitation.

He said a landfill site at Kpone would be ready in June and would in no small way facilitate the disposal of waste materials by residents living in the area.

The Minister was also buoyed by the fact that the disgusting spectacle of discharging liquid waste into the sea in Sekondi in the Western Region is now a thing of the past.

He conceded however, that the Odaw River in Accra remains a blot on the sanitation record of the country and was hopeful that with the support of the World Bank, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly will be able to dredge the river.

Mr. Ofosu Ampofo called for attitude change among Ghanaians to bring a lasting solution to the perennial problem of poor sanitation.

“We are not yet there now, but we have made a fair progress because when you go to the assemblies, they have been empowered; we have given them logistics. It’s a gradual process.

“We came and met a dirtier Ghana than we have today and I am very confident that we have not been able to achieve the utmost but what the situation is like, today is better than what we came to meet,” the minister said.

Source Joy News Ghana


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