Views: 139 Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, 06/26/2020 The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource has donated some 600 waste bins to the Ministry of Def...
Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, 06/26/2020
The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource has donated some 600 waste bins to the Ministry of Defence, yesterday.
At the occasion, the minister for defence, who is also the MP for Bimbilla, Hon Dominique Nitiwul commended the donor ministry for their commitment to improving hygiene and sanitation in all the military facilities, schools, garrisons and camps across the country.
He said the effort was more laudable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused a dramatic change in the global health order due to the high rate of infections and increasing death rate.
According to the world health organisation, as of June 24, 2020, globally there have been 9, 129, 146 confirmed cases of the diseases and 473,797 deaths, in Ghana, there have been 14,568 confirmed cases and 95 deaths; the minister stated.
He said there was a need for the military to lift the health and safety protocols notch higher so as to maintain a very healthy and vibrant fighting force at all times.
To this point, he stressed that the 600 bins have 150-litre capacity each and such was apt and will certainly complement the ministry’s efforts of maintaining a healthy and vibrant fighting force in this era of COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wish to assure the minister for sanitation and water resource and her entourage that the waste bins will be used judiciously and distributed to all garrisons across the country to help achieve His Excellency, the president’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa”.
On her part, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resource, Hon. Abena Dapaa said the bins were customized done by a local company, Duraplast.
The bins have a Gye Nyame symbol on them and it connotes cleanliness, according to the sanitation minister.
She said they had taken the initiative to do something out of the ordinary in terms of improving sanitation in the country.
She described the bins to exceptionally convenient and that they are fashioned in a way that they can be fastened to the ground or a wall to avoid them being easily stolen, and they cannot be used for another purpose except for waste storage, besides, they are easy to offload, also, they are perforated to get rid of rainwater.
Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaa noted that for over five years the country has not to experience cholera outbreak because the government had worked hard to ensure that disease does not raise it’s ugly head again in the country.
“The litre bin nationwide project spans over five years, we started last year and so far we have done 8100-litre bins and we hope even before the five years this project will have achieved its purpose of producing and distributing 20, 000-litre bins across the length and breadth of our principal roads in the country; the total cost of the second part of the project 1.7million cedis”.
And that a chunk of the first 3000 bins has been given to military for their special collaboration with the sanitation ministry.
She commended the forces for being discipline and will take good care of the bins.
She said very soon the ministry will be presenting pick-ups to the military to monitor what goes on in the clean Ghana agenda process.