A stakeholders’ forum organized by the Graphic Communications Group limited and partly sponsored by the Environmental Service Providers Association was held on the 9th of March, 2018 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra. The forum brought all key stakeholders who discussed practical and measurable ways and strategies to solve the sanitation problem in Accra and Ghana at large. Notable among such stakeholders included the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, the President of ESPA/Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group, the CEO of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Director of Public Health of Ghana Health Service and the Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group ltd
The President of ESPA and Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group proposed the following during his presentation at the forum:
- Provision of refuse / dust bins at every home and office and at vantage points on the streets. This will help reduce littering of the environment and the dumping of refuse into water bodies. In his observation over the period of working as a sanitation expert, dust bins when and wherever placed in public got filled with waste in no time indicating a desire by Ghanaians to do the right thing once provision has been made for them
- Enforcement of laws: Policy makers and institutions responsible for the enforcement of laws and legislations should step up their responsibilities in ensuring that these laws/legislations/Bye-laws are strictly adhered to by the citizenry.
- Support the Private Sector: Waste management in Ghana is largely executed by the private sector. Governments therefore must provide support and create an easily workable environment, such as elimination of taxes on refuse trucks, timely payment to waste contractors etc, for the service providers to operate efficiently.
Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong was optimistic that as “Ghana goes beyond aid”, the implementation of the above points inter alia will also drive “Ghana beyond filth” to achieve a clean and healthy Country.