Accra will soon be the cleanest city in Africa - Accra Mayor

Accra will soon be the cleanest city in Africa - Accra Mayor

- The Accra mayor believes Accra will soon become the cleanest in Africa

- Adjei Sowah says it is now hard to find a head of rubbish in Accra today

- Ghana lost $290 million to poor sanitation in 2016 alone

The Accra mayor is very confident that the city of Accra is on course of becoming the cleanest in Africa.

Currently, Ghana's capital of Accra has been recorded as one of the dirtiest in the world. The Accra mayor in this regard got criticised over a poor job done

The Accra mayor has stated that the phenomenon of finding heaps of garbage on the shoulders of major roads is now a thing of the past.

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“As I speak to you today, you may not find mountains of refuse in Accra as it used to be when we came to office and that is a matter of great achievement to us he said.

We have been able to deploy people onto the streets that are doing waste picking on the streets. The household coverage of waste collection is now almost 80%. We are indeed winning the war,” he stated.

This is not the first time war has been declared on filth. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije who was Mayor before Adjei Sowah declared a similar war and so was the Mayor before him.

Accra's sanitation woes:

Accra has often been referred to as the star of African growth but for some reasons, it does not seem to be able to deal with garbage disposal.

Despite the glamorous parts of Accra, that are regularly shown in movies, a majority of the city lacks many necessities, and the denizens are forced to live in poor surroundings.

Accra led the countries with a pollution index of 102.13 whilst Beirut in Lebanon followed closely with 97.71 percent.

Also, a report by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that Ghana loses in excess of over $290 million dollars yearly to poor sanitation.

According to the report, these monies are been spent on the cost of spending on clearing huge refuse within cities and health care as a result of the country's sanitation problems.

On issues regarding water, the research revealed that six in ten households have access to safe water making up 60% of the population and a further three in 10 drink bottled or sachet water representing 30 percent of the entire population.

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