CONIWAS, a coalition of NGOs in water and sanitation has questioned the basis upon which the Minister of Sanitation has rated the cleanness of the city of Accra at 85%.

In an engagement with the media on August 11, 2020, the Minster for sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecilia Dapaah declared that the capital, Accra is 85% clean.

According to the Vice-Chairman of the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation, CONIWAS, Atta Arhin, the findings were unfounded and lacked scientific data backing.

“I am not aware of any scientific study which has been conducted to arrive at the 85% achievement in making Accra the cleanest city in Africa. I am still not aware that we have developed any set of indicators to be able to track this. But apart from that, I think, we do not even have a blueprint, we don’t have a strategy document.” He said.

He further highlighted some measures the government can put in place to improve the level of sanitation in the City.

From the perspective of achieving the goal of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa, Mr. Arhin urged the government to increase the funds allocated to the Ministry.

He further opined that waste management companies should be supported with finances in that regard.

“First of all let’s sit down and develop a blueprint, a strategy document. Secondly, let’s increase finances, and let’s ensure that we support the service providers, waste management companies adequately. Let’s ensure that the bylaws are enforced. Let’s also ensure that we accelerate infrastructure development so that we can now treat our waste like other countries are doing.” He added.