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Ghana to reintroduce sanitation inspectors
Ghana's Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development has announced that it will be reintroducing sanitation inspectors to improve hygiene standards and ensure that people keep their local environment clean.
When they were in operation previously, the inspectors, known locally as 'nsama sama', used to go from house to house to ensure that people kept their homes and environments clean and they had powers to sanction whose standards were found to be lacking.
Since their demise, standards have slipped, reports www.ghanaweb.com
Minister Alhaji Collins Dauda, announced the move on a 'National Sanitation Day' campaign tour of the Eastern Region, saying that the Government had already set aside funds for the project. He said Ghana's sanitation situation was very poor and warned that the Government was determined to improve upon it.
The Minster recalled that years back when sanitation inspectors were employed, the culture of hygiene and cleanliness was very high, noting that, "people even ensured that their drinking pots were cleaned and covered".
He told the chiefs that the Government recognised their power in mobilising their people to communal work and, therefore, the visit was to motivate them to take the lead in the fifth edition of the National Sanitation campaign being hosted by the Eastern Region.
The Paramount Chief of the Akwamu Traditional Area, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, lauded the NSD and assured the Minister of the full support of the traditional authorities in the area in the exercise.
Nana Afrakoma, Queen mother of the area, said traditionally, all the women spent every Thursday carrying out environmental cleaning and expressed the hope that the NSD would complement the women's efforts and ensure that those in all other areas paid similar attention to the cleanliness of their environment.
9th April 2015