Members of the Environmental Service Providers Association and the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) has stated that Ghana has made zero progress in the fight against open defecation and plastic waste management.
According to the groups, the country in the past years has stagnated at 22% in the fight since 1990.
Addressing a joint news conference today, Vice Chairman of CONIWAS Atta Arhin raised concerns on how sanitation issues are being tackled in the country indicating Ghana has made zero progress in fighting open defecation and plastic waste management.
However, in a related development, last month (February 2020) Country Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anne-Claire Dufay stated that Ghana needs to do more to end open defecation and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal on Sanitation ((SDG 6) by 2030.
She said the country made significant progress in recent years towards attaining Open Defecation free status and improved sanitation in some parts of the country.
The Country Director of UNICEF said in spite of the progress many communities continued to struggle with access to improved and decent toilet facilities and therefore called for more efforts to ensure the realisation of the Open Defecation Free (ODF) objective by the stipulated year.