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Here is how much Ghana is spending on filth, according to its sanitation minister

The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Mrs Cecilia Dapaah has disclosed that Ghana spends $290 million, 1.6 percent of her GDP, on poor sanitation every year.

Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Mrs Cecilia Dapaah

She said this when she took her turn at the meet-the-press series on Tuesday (April 23, 2019).

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According to her, the per capita cost was $12. This means that “it makes a lot of economic sense to invest in sanitation; every dollar invested in sanitation yields $5 dividends.”

She said the 2019 report released by the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, shows that “75% of the solid waste generated in the urban centres is now properly managed” however, she added that there are still miscreants who dump refuse indiscriminately.

“Consequently, the ministry has decided to facilitate the deployment of Sanitation Guards, popularly known as ‘saman saman’ by July this year in the MMDAs to strengthen the enforcement of the sanitation bye-laws to maintain cleanliness in our cities and towns.”

One of Ghana’s biggest challenges is the handling of waste in its urban areas. It is believed that most people do not manage their waste properly. Most people believe that the poor, especially in these areas, do not have access to proper waste management.

To address this issue Mrs Dapaah said the ministry has launched guidelines for targeting the poor and vulnerable for basic sanitation services in Ghana.

“The ministry has launched, through the support of USAID and global communities, guidelines for targeting the poor and vulnerable for basic sanitation services in Ghana. The guideline is aimed at guiding the government and other sector partners to ensure equity and inclusion in the delivery of sanitation services”, she noted.

She also advised young women to reject the marriage proposals of men who have no decent toilet facilities in their homes.

“When your facility breaks down, meaning your toilet facility, please invest some money to maintain and reconstruct or rehabilitate it. It will help all of us.

“We know what sanitation gives to us, sanitation gives all of us dignity, especially we the women, so, I entreat all young ladies: if you’re marrying and the man doesn’t have a toilet in the home, please don’t agree,” she added.

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