SONA 2019: Akufo-Addo reveals Ghana’s success in the fight against filth

SONA 2019: Akufo-Addo reveals Ghana’s success in the fight against filth

- President Akufo-Addo has given details about Ghana's progress in the fight against filth

- He however admitted that a lot more could be done in that respect

- The president went on to announce measures being implemented to deal with filth

President Nana Akufo-Addo has spoken of Ghana’s progress in its fight with filth, in line with making Accra the cleanest city in Africa by the year 2020.

In a report by, he argued that a lot more could be done to achieve the dream.

Delivering his third State Of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament on Thursday, February 21, 2019, he stated that significant progress has been made.

An image of a filthy place
Filth in Accra Source:
Source: UGC

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“However, this is currently the state of play. We have witnessed an increase in the coverage of solid waste management, from 16.6% to 53%, and, over the course of 2018, 35,862 household toilets were built, as opposed to 1,698 in 2016. We will intensify efforts at making Accra a clean city,” he told the parliamentarians.

Furthermore, the president stated that the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Programme was being implemented in 4,500 communities in 130 districts to achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) Communities.

He also stated that the enforcement of by-laws coupled with education and sensitization would be used to enforce cleanliness.

According to him, it is possible to explore how best to manage about 82% of Ghana’s waste for its benefit if the waste is properly and efficiently managed.

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Per a report, he added that this could be recycled into basic-need products valued at GH¢2 billion per year to create many jobs across the economy.

In line with that objective, he lamented how open defecation cannot be a characteristic of a country that is working to be transformed economically and to be counted among the developed nations of the world.

Touching on the negative effects of poor sanitation habits on Ghana’s tourism potential, he stated that Ghanaians need to improve sanitation habits in order to attract tourists.

Regardless of the castles, forts, waterfalls, dramatic mountain ranges, breath-taking beaches and historical sites, the welcoming attitudes of Ghanaians would attract visitors the most.

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