Regional Minister Charged MMDCE to Tackle Sanitation A/R

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Dr Samuel Sarpong has directed all Chief Executives in the various Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs), in the region to as a matter of urgency initiate programmes and policies to tackle the poor sanitation issues in the region.


He said that in the wake of the recent cholera outbreak and other sanitation related diseases in the country, all MMDAs in the region needed to step up their sensitisation campaign on sanitation. 

He ordered that they should at least, set a day aside, in every month to conduct a clean-up exercise in their jurisdiction. He said the Assemblies after conducting the clean-up exercises should give a feedback to the Regional Co-coordinating Council (RCC), in order to check the progress of the exercise.

Hon. Dr Sarpong made this known when he paid a one-day working visit to the Kwabre East district to familiarize with the district and also to assess the level of developments and the challenges. 

He noted that one of the fundamental functions of the MMDAs was to ensure that proper sanitary conditions were observed at their various jurisdictions. 

He also added that with the current term of the current Assembly members due to end in some few months, it would be appropriate for Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), to have at least a single project in each electoral area to compensate all Assembly members for their four years stewardship.

 That he said would make the role of Assembly members in decentralization relevant and also give them something to hold on when campaigning for another term in office.

He said most people do complain about non developmental projects in their vicinities because the MMDCEs had relented on their duties of providing tangible and visible development to their subjects. 

He therefore, called on the general public to rather hold their MMDCEs responsible for non-performance but not the central government since power has been placed at their doorstep through the decentralization system of governance which allowed the MMDCE’s to initiate development projects in the jurisdictions. 

For his part the Chief Executive for the area, Hon. Adams Iddisah thanked the Minister for the visit and enumerated some of the projects the Assembly had undertaken since 2009.

 He said his administration had undertaken a number of projects in all the 42 communities in the district.

Hon. Iddisah said the Assembly had constructed 120 boreholes scattered all over the district. He added that all the 6 public senior high schools in the district had benefited immensely from his administration, with the construction of classroom blocks, boys and girls dormitories, teacher bungalows, institutional latrines, furniture, school buses etc. 

He also noted that poor road network and sanitation were the major challenges confronting the Assembly indicating it had spent huge chunk of its meager funds in evacuating refuse. 

Hon. Iddisah made a request to the RCC to assist it rise to a Municipal status. He said the recent population census conducted revealed that the Kwabre East district exceeded 95,000 people, adding the size of the population   qualified   it to attain a Municipal status. That he said would enable the Assembly to get more funds for its development.

Assembly members also took the opportunity to put their concerns across to the Regional Minister. Most of their concerns bothered on poor road network, Mamponteng market construction, sanitation, education, school feeding and health.

Hon. Dr Sarpong also went round the district to inspect some of the projects that had been undertaken by the DCE.

Source: ISD (Francis Andoh)


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