Sanitation Minister-Designate Cecilia Abena Dapaah says the government’s promise to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa is still on course.
Appearing before the parliamentary appointment committee she said looking at the number of projects and works the ministry is undertaking it clearly shows they are on with the president’s promise. “Accra is on course to be the cleanest city in Africa as the president announced. Looking at all that is happening we can say that YES we are on course to become the cleanest city in the sub-region.”
Madam Dapaah, however, bemoaned how citizens activities continue to derail the government’s efforts.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on April 24, 2017, declared his intention to make Accra the cleanest city on the continent, by the end of his first term in office.
Although some citizens have cast doubt over achieving such promise, the Sanitation Minister noted that continuous sensitisation of the public on a clean environment could show some positive improvement.
She highlighted the need for each house to have at least one dustbin to store their waste temporarily since the local assemblies will dispatch tricycles for collection.
In April 2019, when Madam Dapaah was asked about timelines to achieving the promise, she said “the President will go for two terms and at the end of that term, Accra would have been [cleanest city] and we are on course…God is in control and the battle is still the Lords.”
She told the media when she took her turn at the Meet The Press that, the President is so serious with his call to the extent that he has prioritised the Ministry’s needs.
“…he has put the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources on the top priority list of government to be able to access all the budget that it needs,” she stated.