The Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia-North and Chairman of Government Assurance Committee, Hon Collins Owusu Amankwah has tasked the Local Government Ministry to push for legislation of a one house one bin policy.
This, the MP noted will help reduce the incidence of indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the streets and cities of the country.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper this Monday, Hon Amkankwah said the earlier the Ministry gets Parliament to pass a legislation to back such a policy the better it will be for them to control sanitation across the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country.
He noted such a law will also force citizens to keep their surroundings tidy since that will make them responsible for the environment they live in.
‘’I am very positive that with the legislation of a one home one bin policy the Local Government as well as the populace will become partners in creating a clean environment in the country’’, Hon Amankwah intimated.
The MP noted a country is respected by the way it treats its environment and how they dispose of waste and refuse.
Hon Amankwah said the desire of many people in Africa to travel to Europe and elsewhere is because these countries appear neat on television as well as in pictures on the internet.
Ghanaians, the youthful MP said can take charge of their environment and keep it clean so as to attract foreigners.
‘’Rather than always looking to government to provide facilities and bins to control the disposal of waste individuals can become partners in making the society clean’’, the Assurance Committee Chair posited
The MP also charged the public to pay particular attention to issues about sanitation in the country.
The reduction and eventual elimination of indiscriminate dumping of waste or refuse, the Manhyia-North MP noted will also increase the wellbeing of the populace.
According to Hon Amankwah, stinking environments and untidy surroundings breed diseases and illnesses.
He therefore urged the populace to take charge of their environments since it has now become a shared responsibility between the government and the people to keep the country clean.
‘’Just as security is a responsibility between the security agencies and the citizens so should sanitation be taken serious by citizens of Ghana’’, the Government Assurance Committee Chairman posited.
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