- The finance minister presented the 2018 budget statement before parliament on Wednesday
- Government plans to launch the 'Toilet for All' initiative in 2018 to improve the sanitation system in the country
Government has announced the ‘Toilet for All’ initiative for 2018, which is set to provide about 200,000 household toilets and 20,000 institutional latrines, to be distributed across the country.
This decision was revealed by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Attah during the budget reading for 2018, before parliament on Wednesday.
Mr. Ofori-Attah said the project aims to improve the sanitation system in the country, which is also in line in meeting the sixth goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Presenting the budget which is themed: “Putting Ghana back to work”, the finance minister added that the government remains focused on cleaning out the capital city and other regional capitals, by implementing the Total Sanitation Campaign.
Government, in a bid to ensure quality and effective water supply across the country, has already embarked on a public awareness campaign on water conservation and protection.
According to a Classfmonline.com report, the campaign set out to educate about 170 water managers and practitioners from districts in the Central, Volta, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.
Ken Ofori Attah further noted, that the fight against the illegal mining menace known as galamsey has also helped to improve the quality of water.
Meanwhile, the finance minister announced that there will be a 13% reduction in electricity tariffs beginning January 2018.
He said consumers in residential and non-residential plans will soon be able to enjoy affordable rates for electricity.
“Government in 2018, will work towards keeping the lights on at affordable rates to consumers, particularly industries and small businesses through reform and policy interventions over a two-year period.
To give relief to the poor whose individual consumption falls in the subsidised life-line category but who live in a compound house, the existing 4-tier tariff classification of residential consumers will be collapsed into Lifeline and Non-Lifeline consumers in phases,” he stated.
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