Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Joseph Kofi Adda has rejected claims that he has failed to live up to expectations, a year after being appointed to the post.
According to him, he wasn’t appointed by the President Akufo-Addo to go out on the streets with a broom to clean the city.
Speaking to Accra-based Starr FM, Mr. Adda said those calling for his sack do not have an understanding of the roles of his ministry.
“…You send me to a new terrain, totally virgin area, a place like this that the president wants things done in a very deep-seated manner and you want that to be done tomorrow. You want the minister to go out tomorrow with a broom and a wheelbarrow to collect the waste; that’s not the minister’s job,” he said.
“I think they [critics] have to understand that, and go back and understand: ‘What is the role of the ministry to start with and how should we collaborate with others?’ And I bet you by middle of this year, you’ll find a totally transformed sanitation sector in this country that will last the test of time,” he added.
The Sanitation Minister further stated that he has “been effective as a minister responsible for policy and monitoring, for designing a system and structures that will bring about the fundamental transformation of the sector”.
According to him, fixing the country’s sanitation problem cannot be done in a day or two, but rather require putting in place proper structures.
Touching on what his ministry has been up to in the last year, Mr. Adda said: “The overnight solutions that people are looking for in the Sanitation Ministry, you’ll not get that today, tomorrow or so on and so forth; these fundamentals have to be set right and that’s what I've been most effective in getting set up properly.
He went on to state that once the foundations are well laid, “Ghana should be on the verge of becoming one of the cleanest countries in the world and Accra can be the cleanest city as well”.