The incoming Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah sees an emphasis on sensitization as the next step in the war to improve sanitation in Ghana.
Speaking to Citi News, Mrs. Dapaah said she is upbeat about her new assignment.
According to her, she is ready to provide the leadership needed to champion the dream of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa by the year 2020.
“I am quite familiar with the terrain and I believe we need to sensitize all of us to make sure we take care of our environment, take care of our surroundings and be always aware that we need to keep Ghana clean.”
“It is a clear mandate that His Excellency has tasked me with and I believe I will have a good team to work with so I am all ready to provide the best leadership for this sector,” Mrs. Dapaah said.
She swapped roles with Joseph Kofi Adda in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s first ministerial reshuffle.
The Sanitation Ministry portfolio was introduced by President Akufo-Addo amid his pledge to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by the end of his tenure in office.
Ghana’s problem with filth is well documented with many describing as plastic waste is noted as a significant sanitation problem nationwide.
The ministry has so far failed to make any significant inroads towards this goal.
It has attributed its failings to lack of resources and a complex value chain.
Below is the list of Ministers who have been reassigned
1. John Peter Amewu, former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and acting Minister for Energy, is now Minister for Energy;
2. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Minister for Lands and Natural Resources;
3. Hon. Kofi Adda, Member of Parliament for Navrongo constituency and former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, is now Minister for Aviation;
4. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, former Minister for Aviation, is now Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources;
5. Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, former Minister for Information, is now Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development;
6. Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Member of Parliament for Ofoase/Ayirebi constituency and former Deputy Minister for Information, is now Minister for Information designate;
7. Hon. Cynthia Morrison, Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency, is now Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection designate;
8. Paulina Tangoba Abayage, former Ambassador to Italy, is now Upper East Regional Minister designate;
9. Hon. Evans Opoku Bobie, Member of Parliament for Asunafo North constituency and former deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate;
10. Hon. Martin Oti Gyarko, Member of Parliament for Techiman North constituency, is now Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate;
11. Hon. Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Member of Parliament for Madina constituency and former Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, is now Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President;
12. Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, is now Minister of State at the Office of the President;
13. Pius Enam Hadzide, former deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, is now Deputy Minister for Information;
14. Perry Curtis Okudzeto, former deputy Minister for Information, is now Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports;
15. Otiko Afisa Djaba, former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, is now Ambassador-designate to Italy.
By: Sixtus Dong Ullo/citinewsroom.com/Ghana