The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has presented vehicles to three institution to support their efforts in improving sanitation in the country.
In separate ceremonies on Thursday (August 13,2020), the Minister of Sanitation, Ms Cecilia Dapaah, presented 24 mechanised tricycles for waste collection to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) within the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), three pickup trucks to Ministry of the Interior and two water tankers to the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA).
The tricycles were funded by the government of Ghana and the African Development Bank at a total cost of GH¢1.2 million under the Greater Accra Sustainable Sanitation Development Project (GASSLIP).
The two water tankers, on the other hand was funded by the World Bank at the cost of $110,000 and aimed at enhancing the efforts of the CWSA to improve water delivery in rural communities.
While, the ministry in collaboration with waste management company, Zoomlion Company Limited presented three pickup trucks to the Ministry of the Interior on behalf the Ghana Police Service.
The pickup trucks was to help the police support MMDAs in enforcing the sanitation by-laws.
Ms Dapaah, speaking to journalists explained that their effort was all geared towards improving sanitary conditions in the Ghana.
She noted that the beneficiary assemblies would be allocated one mechanised tricycle, to collect solid waste within their municipalities.
Although, acknowledging that one was inadequate, she said they were making provisions for more tricycle to support the assemblies to enforce the sanitation by-laws.
In view of the water tankers, she said it would augment the efforts of the Ghana Water Company to provide water for people in rural communities especially in the era of COVID-19.
She, however, commended the Ghana Police Service for their support over the years, and encouraged them to continue in their support to enforce the sanitation by-laws.
She urged them to use the pickup trucks to support the assemblies to ensure cleanliness in the communities.
The Coordinator of GASSLIP, Mr Stephen Ackon, in a brief statement said the tricycles could collect twelve 240 litre bins or twenty-five 120 litre bin at a time.
“The mechanised tricycles for the collection of waste is covered and has a spy hole which helps to determine whether the tricycle is full or not. Mechanically, it can also lift the bins and dump it into the container which is about three cubic metre,” he noted.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Adentan Municipal Assembly, Mr Daniel Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah, speaking on behalf of the MCEs, the Chief Executive Officer of CSWA, Mr Worlanyo Kwadjo Siabi and the Minister for the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery thanked the ministry for the gesture and promised to use the vehicles for its intended purpose.
Source: General News