NDC’s 100 days of ridding filth, left Ghana ridden with cholera – Dr Bawumia
Written by danquahinstitute.org Wednesday, 07 November 2012 09:44
One of the major challenges militating the development of the country, undoubtedly, is the issue of sanitation, and all the four vice presidential candidates who participated in the IEA debate conceded that the prevailing condition is nothing to write home about.
Currently, the percentage of persons who have access to good sanitation is hovering around 14%, woefully below the recommended 55% by the Millennium Development Goals.
The four who took their turn to espouse what their next government under their leadership would do to address the situation across the country agreed that sanitation affects health adversely, as well as the need for public education to mitigate the menace.
The NPP vice presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia drew the first blood when he accused the NDC government of failing to rid the country of filth within the 100 days as it promised.
Rather, the nation, according to Dr Bawumia, is “ridden with cholera”.
He said the NPP government would move from just waste collection to waste management where the private sector would be supported to invest in waste collection and management.
Dr Bawumia also announced that they would venture into the generation of power from waste.
He said during the last four year term of the NPP, three agreements were signed for 50 megawatts waste power projects in Takoradi, Kumasi and Tema. “This something we are going to pursue should Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo become president,” he assured.
He said the public health inspectorate would be reintroduced to ensure good sanitation in our environment. He said since sanitation goes hand in hand with water, the NPP government would implement the national water policy and increase supply of water in urban areas.
According to Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, NDC Vice presidential candidate, the public health inspectorate that the NPP talked has already been reintroduced.
Mr Amissah-Arthur, who is also the Vice President, raised concern about choked gutters in which he said “shows lack of seriousness on sanitation issues in the country”.
He noted that lack of toilet in compound houses is “one of the main contributors to the bad sanitary condition especially in the cities…because people are going to the beaches and defecating and messing up the atmosphere.
“So the first thing we have done is to reorient people away from this by creating a housing code that imposes a responsibility on landlords to have toilets in their houses.”