Efforts to clean the country’s choked drains and garbage-strewn streets have received a major boost with key institutions of state pledging their support.
One of the most respected institutions of state, the military, has committed to help make the National Sanitation Day a success.
The first Saturday of every month has been instituted by government as National Sanitation Day to encourage citizens to clean their areas and the streets.
Ghana has an unenviable record on sanitation ranking amongst the top 10 countries with the worst sanitation.
The country is competing for a place amongst countries such as war-torn Somalia, and fragile South Sudan and Chad.
It is a common sight for city dwellers to drop litter as they go.
Some households in slum areas dump their waste in drains, reducing Ghana’s cities to some of the dirtiest in the world.
To reverse the situation, government under the tutelage of the Local Government Minister, instituted the NSD which got off to a slow but optimistic start on November 1, 2014.
The sustainability of the campaign has been doubted but Local Government Minister Julius Debrah says he is determined to make campaign not only sustainable but successful.
To galvanise broad support for the campaign, Mr. Debrah toured the country and sought the support of opinion and traditional leaders as well as key groups such as the Christian Council of Ghana, the Police, and Muslim leaders.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and the Okyehene, Amotia Ofori Panin, both lent their support to the campaign.
Now the military, the Ghana Education Service, and the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), have all pledged support for the campaign.
Mr. Debrah’s says he couldn’t have asked for more.
He is convinced the massive support being received from key institutions is an indication that the campaign is a laudable one and will succeed.
The next sanitation day is this Saturday, December 6, 2014.
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