The Sanitation Ministry has not received the GH¢200 million allocated to it to address the sanitation challenges in the country.
This is despite an announcement by the government that it has made the funds available to get the ministry to step up efforts in making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
But speaking on the maiden edition of the current affairs show on Citi TV, The Point of View, the sector minister, Joseph Kofi Adda said the money was yet to hit his ministry’s accounts to enable it to execute the various projects to improve sanitation in the country.
“The government has approved money for us, budget-wise, it has not yet hit our account. We have a financial system that you have to process from expenditure initiation, through to approval process and getting it to go through the GIFMIS system. The money has been released, but it has not yet reached our account besides we have to go through the procurement process to be able to get the contractors to execute the job. We are still going through the process,” he said.
In the government’s 2018 budget statement and economic policy document which was presented to Parliament in November 2017, the Sanitation Ministry, which is an original creation of the Akufo-Addo government was allocated about GH¢200 million to carry out its intended projects for the next one year.
Ghana’s problem with filth is well documented with many describing as plastic waste is noted as a significant sanitation problem nationwide.
The capital, Accra is inundated with waste and uncollected garbage despite promises by various assemblies to improve the situation.
The sight of refuse dumped on the streets or pavements is not uncommon, with the rubbish sometimes being left by waste management companies.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in 2017 pledged to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by the end of his tenure in office, but given the current situation, that appears to be in doubt.