By Justice Lee Adoboe / GWJN
At the top of the priorities list of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in Ghana is the issue of sanitation, sector minister, Hon. Akwasi Oppong-Fosu has said.
Delivering his address at the opening of a three-day water, sanitation and hygiene meet dubbed the 24th Mole Conference in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Wednesday, August 14, 2013, the minister said sanitation will form the basis on which his tenure of office would be assessed.
He said the bulk of the work will however be done by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) as the various localities fall under their jurisdictions.
“I have therefore told the Municipal, Metropolitan and District Chief Executives that any of them who will under-perform and fail to deliver on sanitation will go before I go,” the minister stated.
The minister cited the lack of enforcement of laws as one of the debilitating factors against sanitation delivery in Ghana, saying this system is fostered through the politicization of issues in Ghana.
“People break the law and when they are apprehended, they quickly assume political tags of foot-soldiers and opposition leaders, so they can escape prosecution,” the minister observed.
He cautioned that, unless the indiscipline was rooted out no laws could be enforced in the country.
“Sanitation-related diseases do not know any political boundaries so we need to deal with the canker of indiscipline in the sector as well as deal with the politicization of issues so that we can enforce policies and laws in Ghana,” Hon. Oppong-Fosu stressed.