Story by Carlos Afanou

The Greater Accra Sustainable Sanitation and Livelihood Improvement Project (GASSLIP) under the auspices of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has given out thirty waste bins each to the various Metropolitan, and Municipal Assemblies in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Areas. This was done as a course to improve sanitation situation in the area.

The items were presented by the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah. In her address, she said that the presentation of the waste bins has come at a very important time as we are in the rainy season. She explained that the bins were presented to the Assemblies to support them in their waste collection and disposal towards the achievement of the Clean Accra Project.

She emphasized on the vision of the president, His excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, to make Accra a very clean city and that the president will not tolerate any misconduct with regards to sanitation issues.

According to her, as a result of the clean up exercise, Accra and Tema have not experienced any issues of flood during the recent rainfall. She thanked the media for their great support in the clean up exercises in Tema and Accra during the lockdown period. She also urged the media not to hesitate to call on her at her office anytime they have some enquiries to do or an input to make, especially, in the area of sanitation in the Metropolis.

Again, she asked the media to intensify their public education with regards to dumping of refuse into drains and gutters especially during this time that we are experiencing the rainy season. She commended them and urged them to continue with their hard work.

Madam Abena Dapaah disclosed that all the Regional Ministers have been directed to undertake massive clean up activities in their respective regions during the month to ensure cleanliness and promote good health. She also seized the occasion to appeal to Ghanaians to strictly observe the hygiene protocols to combat the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Adentan Municipal Assembly and Dean of the chief executives in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, D. A. Nii Noi Adamuah, received the items on behalf of the Chief Executives. He expressed gratitude to the ministry for the kind donation and therefore assured the sector minister that the items would be put to good use.

The items which valued up to 780,000 Ghana cedis equivalent to $120,000.   were funded by the government and the African Development Bank (ADB). 

He assured that they would be distributed to the Assemblies in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and placed at strategic locations within the city to enhance waste collection and transportation.

GASSLIP is funded by the African Development Bank and it is one of the two projects under the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.
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