Upper West Region Host Eighth National Sanitation Day

The Upper West Region has successfully hosted the eighth National Sanitation Day declared by the government in response to the insanitary conditions that had engulfed the nation leading to an outbreak of cholera in 2014 resulting in loss of lives.

The sanitation exercise which received massive public participation in the Wa Municipality was led by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Alhaji Collins Dawda, the Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani, and the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Issahaku Nuhu-Putiaha.


The people of the Upper West Region showed their readiness and zeal for the National Sanitation Day when they converged at the premises of the Regional Coordinating Council as early as six in the morning under various groupings and leadership to be dispatched for the exercise.


The citizens actively desilted gutters, swept and collected all rubbish at the various suburbs in the municipality to ensure a clean environment. The local Government and Rural Development Minister and the Regional Minister and his team toured the principal streets, market places and the various suburbs in the municipality to ensure that it was cleared of filth.


In his closing address to the people of the Upper West Region at the Regional Coordinating Council after the end of the exercise, the Hon. Dawuda said he was highly impressed by the massive turn-out and the zeal and commitment with which the people exhibited from the beginning to the end of the exercise. The Hon. Minister said the outstanding observation of the exercise in the region worthy of emulation was that the identifiable national political parties were well represented, various groupings and traditional leaders in full attendance and the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) keeping to their promise not to allow vehicular movement until after the exercise.


He showered praises and commendations on the Wa Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Nuhu-putia for his foresight to embark on a municipal sanitation programme to clear the municipality of filth since 2013 at the time that other Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) had not started the exercise and also sustaining it throughout the period before the launch of National Sanitation Day.


The Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Sulemani in turn expressed his deepest appreciation to the people for exhibiting the spirit of togetherness irrespective of party affiliation, religion and tribe for a common purpose of using the National Sanitation Day to deal with insanitary conditions in the region and the nation as a whole. He urged the people to make it a daily affair to clean their surroundings and ensure that the rubbish is properly disposed -off to avoid contracting diseases that are associated with insanitary conditions.


The Hon. Regional Minister assured them that Dust Bins would be placed at vantage points within the municipality and other districts in the region for rubbish collection to ensure that wastes generated by the public are properly disposed -off  to make the region the cleanest and the most preferred destination for business.


The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development through the Regional Coordinating Council had earlier distributed sanitation equipment to the various districts in the region. The Wa Municipal Assembly received its share of the sanitation equipment of 1,650 Dust Bins for onward distribution to the public and institutions for proper wastes management in the municipality.


Source: ISD (Stephen Tashie)  

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