Let’s not Politicize National Sanitation Day- Manhyia North MP

collins-692x360Member of Parliament for the Manhyia North Constituency in the Ashanti Region is calling for an end to what he terms the continuous politicization of the National Sanitation Day (NSD) exercise describing such attitude as retrogression to nation development.

Honorable Collins Owusu Amankwah, who is advocating for the review of the program, said it is worrying to see a social issue sank into politics.

He noted that the recent ranking that placed Ghana the seventh (7th) dirtiest country in the World must be a wake up call to Ghanaians.

The program which was instituted by Government through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) was in response to a cholera outbreak in 2014.

The exercise which is observed every first Saturday of a new month also aims at reducing squalor and insanitary conditions that breeds diseases and affect the health of residents negatively.

Concerns have been raised over the apathy that has greeted the exercise since it was initiated.

Mr Owusu Amankwah is therefore challenging the citizenry to embrace the exercise wholeheartedly rather than making politics out of the it.

He stressed that “I think once is a national program, we need to approach it in a very nationalistic way than to politicize it”.

He also attributed the low participation of the citizenry to the absence of laws backing the program.

He blamed the Ghana’s poor sanitation in recent times on the lack of investment in the sanitation sector and the proliferation of sachet water packs and other waste materials into the environment.

The Manhyia North MP also wants sanitation laws of the country to be effectively enforced to prosecute sanitation offenders.

He indicated that the exercise would only be successful if laws are passed to back its sustainability.

He also pledged his readiness to ensure such laws were passed by Parliament.

He has also called for an intensive education to deal with the hostile attitude of the Ghanaians towards good sanitation practices.