The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to decentralise all ministries across the country, such that dealing with sanitation issues coupled with a population in Accra can be reduced.
According to him, this will ensure shared responsibilities across the length and breadth of the country to enhance equal development.
He indicated that the move will bring the government appointees and workers’ focus on the jobs in the regions and will work diligently.
“Government must make sure he expands ministries to every region. The workforce must leave Accra to the areas the jobs are located, only that way the country can develop” Accra is loaded with all the ministries while the jobs are outside Accra. How can a commission be in Accra while forests are in other regions? And the dirt in the capital alone is a lot of works and when the decentralization is done it will reduce the population in the country and the dirt will reduce automatically.” he indicated.
The Okyenhene made these observations when the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her team paid a courtesy call when they went on a working visit to tour water treatment plants in the Eastern region.
Touching on small-scale mining ‘galamsey’ in the region, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin denied allegations of the menace destroying water bodies ongoing in Kyebi, insisting that the allegations are untrue.
He further mentioned that water is life, hence, access to potable water is a necessity to every man’s life.
“The foreigners coming to Ghana don’t have any good intentions about Ghana rather than mining which, we Ghanaians must not let them. We must stop showing them the areas where the minerals are located because if we don’t, they will destroy all our water bodies.”
He added that his outfit will continue to support the president in the fight against galamsey in the country to protect the rest of the water bodies from contamination.
He admonished authorities to enforce all sanitation by-laws in the country to punish any cooperative body or individual that violates them.
“Our water bodies are being destroyed simply because we say there are no jobs in the country. I will encourage them to find something meaningful like planting for food and jobs to earn a living. Government must make sure the laws are enforced and punish anyone who breaks the law.”
The Okyenhene also used the opportunity to debunk allegations of free Wi-Fi internet networks in Kyebi.
“I would like to commend H.E Nana Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecelia Abena Dapaah, for their hard work towards the fight against illegal mining and making sure our water bodies bounce back in good shape.”
The working visit on Monday, 17th May 2021 at Kyebi in the Eastern Region by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources is aimed at checking on water bodies and making sure water treatment plants in the region are in good shape.
The first point of call was the Kyebi Water Treatment plant, Osino, and the Bunso Water Treatment Plant.
On her part, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah during an interaction with the media expressed excitement upon seeing both water bodies and treatment plants in good shape.
“The government will continue to work assiduously to ensure Ghanaians have access to clean and potable drinking water,” the Minister assured.
By: Ernestina Afake | originalfmonline.com | Ghana