Ghanaians are working hard to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

The sanitation of a country says a lot about the standard of living of its people. This means many diseases will not exist if sanitation improves. For instance cholera, typhoid, dysentery, and worm infections.

We shall not defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation, and basic health care.

Kofi Annan

Making Accra the cleanest city in Africa

Ghana’s aim is to be a good example of development in Africa. In view of this, the government has begun a project to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa. The plan is to achieve this through good recycling, drainage, and waste management systems. This project is called “Operation Clean Your Frontage” which was launched in October last year and commenced in February 2022. Presently, the focus of the project is Accra, the capital city of Ghana. The plan is to extend this project to all other regions. Soon, Accra will be the cleanest city in Africa.

Ghana is the hub of tourism on the continent so it needs to be the hub of sanitation. Natives and tourists must enjoy a healthy experience of the country.  

Clean Ghana Project

The government is promoting this project really well. There have been series of campaigns in all suburbs, and on all social media platforms. These also include newspapers and national tv channels. On 1st February 2022, the Regional Minister and his team met 5,500 personnel for briefings and deployment. The personnel included 2,000 from the security services, 2,000 from YEA and Zoomlion, and 1,500 from NSS. The project covered suburbs like Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Odawna, Lapaz, CMB, Kinbu, Farisco, and CBD

Additionally, the Ministry of Works and Housing demolished unauthorised buildings. Buildings that were most affected were those in waterways obstructing the natural flow of rivers. Traders and hawkers in unauthorised areas were also relocated to reduce public nuisance and littering. The Greater Accra Regional Minister indicated that there were preparations to create a City Response Team. The team is to serve as ‘city guards’ against unauthorised hawking and littering.

There have been communal cleanup initiatives in Ghana, but the Clean Accra Project promises to be more effective. Soon, Accra will be the cleanest city in Africa!

The government can do more to address Ghana’s poor sanitation. However, for the mean time, they appear to be on the right track.

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