Probe Monies Dedicated For Sanitation Purposes in MMDAs -Annoh-Dompreh Demands

Hon Annoh Dompreh, MP Nsawam- Adoagyiri.

Hon Annoh Dompreh, MP Nsawam- Adoagyiri.

The Member of Parliament for the Nsawam-Adoagyiri constituency in the Eastern Region, Hon Frank Annoh-Dompreh has called for a thorough investigation to be conducted into the sanitation accounts of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) which constitute monies deducted from the Common Fund for the purpose of fumigation and clearing of filth.

The auditing of the sanitation accounts of the assemblies he said when conducted would clearly specify whether those monies have properly been disbursed and used for their intended purposes.

The MP who spoke to The Insight in an interview expressed reservations about the National Sanitation Week which was launched recently by the Vice President.

According to him if monies allocated to the MMDAs for sanitation are properly accounted for especially through waste management companies such as Zoomlion, there would be no need for a National Sanitation Week to sensitize the general public for a clean environment because the assemblies have been centrally positioned to champion the development agenda of the people.

Hon Annoh –Dompreh noted with deep concern that even though monetary provisions have been made to ensure constant clearing and disposal of waste and fumigation exercises in the various assemblies, authorities in-charge have gone to sleep.

He questioned the competence of appointing authorities in managing the sanitation menace that has bedeviled the country evident by the recent unprecedented cholera associated deaths of Ghanaians.

The MP called for the integration of the national sanitation week into the local government structure to create a sense of ownership by the entire population and participation.

On governments’ indebtedness to waste management entities, he urged the central government to respond promptly and pay its debts for services rendered whiles urging the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to exercise greater authority and oversight over waste management companies contracted to clean the environment.

The Nsawam-Adoagyiri Member of Parliament also challenged the various MMDAs to enact and enforce existing laws on sanitation and at the same time provide waste bins at vantage locations across major cities and towns to encourage citizens to avoid the habit of throwing away rubbish indiscriminately.

Hon Annoh-Dompreh concluded that the only panacea to change people’s attitude and guarantee a cleaner environment as exists elsewhere in Singapore, Thailand and even Rwanda is to ensure that the laws of the country are enforced to the later irrespective of who is at fault.

He pledged his support to any such endeavour to keep our environment clean at all time.

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