Concerted Effort Is Needed to Deal With the sanitation menace – Savelugu MCE


The Municipal Chief Executive for Savelugu/Nanton, Hon. Abdulai Alhassan Red has attributed the problems faced with the municipality in the area of sanitation to the lack of adherence to the calls for change of attitude by residents.

He said even though there is a lot that needs to be done by the assembly in fighting poor sanitation in the Savelugu/Nanton municipal area, residents must also heed to the calls for change their attitude.

The MCE also hinted about a periodic clean up exercise to be rolled out by the assembly, to involve community members in the fight against poor sanitation in the municipality.

Speaking on Sanitation Monday on Might Morning Show with Shaibu Awudu, the MCE bemoaned the level of income generation by the assembly to be very low, citing the lack of cooperation by community members especially those involved in various trades.

He said the Assembly has the requisite human resource to proffer various solutions to the sanitation problems confronting the Municipality but the implementation of the recommendations sometimes becomes difficult with the level of income being generated by the assembly.

Mr. Alhassan Red said in the medium to long term, the Savelugu/ Nanton Municipal Assembly as part of the government’s efforts to ensure people pay enough for development in their communities, is involved in the street naming exercise which will make it easier to identify structures within the municipality, thereby, getting them to pay in terms of strength for the development of the municipality beginning with sanitation.

Programme Manager for the Wuni Zaligu Development Association who also contributed to the same program outlined various business ideas assemblies could put together to generate income from fecal matter, citing the collaboration with the Private Sector and Civil Society to make this a reality.

He said the fecal matter could be passed through a process with some additives to produce compost which will be useful for farmers.


WUZDA Calls For More Commitment By Authorities In Dealing With Sanitation

The Wuni Zaligu Development Association (WUZDA) a charity organization which is into sanitation is urging assemblies in the Northern Region to appreciate the contribution of NGOs and CSOs in complimenting their efforts to fighting the sanitation canker.

Head of credit management at WUZDA, Mr. Issahaku Alhassan Neindow said even though some assemblies are appreciating the efforts being made by organizations such as WUZDA, others leave entirely to them the work of providing basic amenities to the people.

Issahaku Alhassan was speaking to host of Might FM’s morning show ‘The Morning Flight’, Shaibu Awudu earlier today.

Mr. Issahaku said the inputs of NGOs and CSOs are just to compliment the works of the assemblies as it is their core mandate to provide basic amenities for the people; but bemoaned the fact that some assemblies leave the works fully on these organizations when they step in to help them.

Local Authorities Not Doing Much To Fight The Canker Of Poor Sanitation – WUZDA

The training coordinator of the Wuni Zaligu Development Association (WUZDA), Mr. Abdul Ganiyu says assemblies in the Northern Region are not living up fully to their responsibility on sanitation.

He said even though assemblies have Environmental Health and Waste Management departments, little is being seen done by those departments in dealing with issues of poor sanitation.

Mr. Ganiyu was speaking to Shaibu Awudu on Might Morning Flight’s Sanitation Monday program.

According to Mr. Ganiyu, assembly by – laws on sanitation also need to be enforced to ensure adherence by the people especially on the need for inclusion of household latrines from the foundation level when developing a residence to help cut down on open defecation in the region.

The Northern Region according to Multi – Cluster survey in 2012, is among the first five regions in Ghana noted for open defecation. The basic reason for this according to a research conducted by the Wuni Zaligu Development Association has to do with the lack of household latrines in most homes.

Mr. Ganiyu said the Town and Country Planning departments of assemblies must work together with the sanitation departments in enforcing the inclusion of latrines in homes from the planning level.

An Environment Health officer, Issah Halimah who was also on Might Morning Flight’s panel asserted that it is the lack of political will which is making it hard for assemblies to enforce by – laws on sanitation. She said “on a daily basis, I have areas that I supervise and the people know already because I have been going to them for the past two years but they still find me as their enemy”.

Halimah added that ”the people still do not know what my job is because they lack education on that and for those who do and ignore me, the assembly drags its feet on prosecution when I summon them due to perhaps their party political affiliations”.