Head of Communications and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Energy, Nana Oppong Damoah, has said a lot of work has been done to make the capital city of Ghana the cleanest in Africa.
He however, said there is still some more work to be done to achieve a 100 per cent cleaner city.
Nana Damoah was contributing to a discussion on a comment by Sanitation Minister, Cecelia Abena Dapaah that the government was 85 per cent through to making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
In 2017 President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo declared his government’s intention to make Ghana’s capital City the cleanest on the continent by the end of his first term in Office.
Speaking to the media as part of a sanitation tour and cleanup exercise in parts of Maamobi in Accra, on Tuesday August 11 , the sanitation minister revealed that 100 per cent was achieved during the lock down period in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. But she said after the restrictions were lifted, the dirt started emerging.
“When we don’t do these things, throw garbage into the drains the drains will be clearer, neater and our homes also will be clean because the Assembly will send the Abobyaa’s (tricycles) round to pick the waste that is what we want. We endorse the one house one bin policy.”
Regarding the grading efforts to make Accra the cleanest city she said, “I will give it 85 per cent because at the end of the day you saw the 100 per cent we did during the lock down.”
But her comments has attracted criticism from a section of Ghanaians including the Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyin, who said on TV3’s New Day Thursday August 13, that the minister was dishonest in the comments.
Suhuyini said : “This is dishonesty because you move around and bins are not even everywhere.” And added that the president should be blamed for this development.
“The responsibility of the president is to go beyond the briefs he is given. In such instances, you don’t even need brief if you are a president who has his eyes on the ball,” he said.
But Nana Damoah insisted “the minister didn’t say we have achieved the highest of marks, she said there is still some work to be done”.
“A lot of work of work has been done, there is still some work to be done and we must all make the effort and so trying to politicise this takes us from the main issues.
“I am of the opinion that they have done a lot of work although there is still some work to be done,” he added.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana