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Prez Akufo-Addo outlines four steps to solve Ghana's sanitation problems

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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Prez Akufo-Addo outlines four steps to solve Ghana's sanitation problems

President Akufo-Addo has outlined some four steps that will help the country solve its sanitation problems. Ghana has been faced with sanitation problems over a decade now, from littering to open defecation.

These have led to some health issues recorded in the country like cholera and diarrhoea, and the annual recorded cases of flooding.

Addressing these issues on Thursday, February 21, 2019, during his third State of the Nation Address, President Akufo-Addo said:

"We've witnessed an increase in the coverage of solid waste management from 16% to 53% and over the cause of last year 35,862 household toilets were built as opposed to 1,698 in 2016."

The President further outlined some four steps in accordance with international standards to help solve the various sanitation problems in the country.

"We intend to solve this problem through international recognised priorities of waste, reduction first follows by reuse, recycle, recovery and lastly disposal.

"Government has prepared a plastic management policy with the overriding aim of meeting the challenges of comprehensive plastic management, about 82% of Ghana's plastic waste will readily recover with the recycling of existing technologies into value-added products in high demand locally and within the West Africa region, a vibrant recycling industry in Ghana could recover nearly 1million tonnes of waste plastics annually."

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