Praxis Africa, a Non-Governmental Organisation has launched a clean-up and sanitation campaign to reduce and improve recycling, with the aim to achieve the United Nations; Sustainable Development Goal six (SDG’s 6).
The ‘’Clean Up The World’’ Ghana 2018 campaign is a three month Sanitation Campaign under the Auspices of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council.
The campaign, which is to take off in September will focus on the enforcement of the sanitation law, best waste management practices, recycling education, tree planting and construction of improved household toilet facilities in the Greater Accra Region.
Ishmael Ashitey, Minister for the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council speaking at the launch of the campaign yesterday in Accra said government, along with individuals needs to reconsider how we use and dispose single-use plastics (SUPs).
He said within two generations, Ghana has produced and discarded so much plastic that ‘’we are now literally drowning in it.’’
‘’The national capital has deteriorated over the years as a result of various human activities that had destroyed the once glorious city,’’ he added.
He indicated that only 14 percent of Ghanaians have adequate access to good sanitation, adding only 15 percent are exposed to safe and improved sanitation.
President Nana Akufo-Addo had earlier pledged to make the national capital, Accra, the cleanest and best city in Africa by the end of his first term in office.
Research data from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) reveals that Accra alone generates more than 3,000 metric tonnes of waste daily.
Mr Tony Mensah-Abrampah, Country Director for Praxis Africa in his remarks said the campaign will clamor for more sanitation education and intensify support in terms of improved sanitation and hygienic options, in a bid to allow the President attain his vision to make Accra the cleanest City in Africa.
‘’The campaign is also to promote sustainability and availability of water and sanitation for all by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals 6),’’ he concluded.
By Mawuli Y. Ahorlumegah