Accra, July 25 2018, SC4Gh – Mr Joseph Adda, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, urged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) participating in the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) to explore partnership opportunities and invest in the implementation of their liquid waste management strategies.
Presenting the keynote address behalf of the Minister to open the SC4Gh Learning and Practice Workshop for MMDAs, Mr Michael Yaw Gyato, the Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources stated that investing in sanitation value chain improvements can impact positively on quality education, health, national productivity and the creation of jobs.
Mr. Adda noted that whilst the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources was taking proactive measures to address the sanitation challenges, there was no gain saying that some of the challenges would require collective efforts with the private sector, collaborating with the MMDAs to increase investments in sanitation and to find innovative solutions. “With less than 13 years to 2030, we have a herculean task as a country to meet the sanitation SDG targets, though our performance for sanitation has been abysmal in the past 25 years” the Minister admitted.
The Government, he said, has prioritised sanitation by putting in place a number of interventions including the building of over 6,000 Household toilets in low income communities, and the construction of 260 Institutional toilet facilities both within the GAMA, as well as the completion of the rehabilitated Central Accra Sewerage System which included; the retreatment plant and pump stations. Mr. Adda stated that the government has also “initiated the construction of 200,000 households toilets as part of the one-household-one toilet programme in collaboration with other sister Ministries”, saying all the interventions and efforts would no doubt put sanitation back on track towards meeting the SDG targets.
He encouraged MMDAs to explore partnership opportunities in the implementation of their strategies, indicating that Ministry recognizes the need for MMDAs to partner private sector and non state actors in improving liquid waste management situation. Mr. Adda announced that the MSWR was recruiting, training and deploying Sanitation brigade next month to beef up MMDA Environmental Health and Sanitation inspection and enforcement staff.
On his part, Mr. Joseph Antwi of the Fiscal Decentralisation Unit of the Ministry of Finance commended the MMDAS for getting to the implementation phase, stating “the beauty of planning is in its implementation; do not gloss over budget and expenditure on liquid waste sanitation in this competition.” He pointed out that liquid waste management is one of the major responsibilities of MMDAs all over the world and that it is pertinent for MMDAs to make conscious effort to budget and allocate money for liquid waste delivery issues from multiple sources rather than from only the Common Fund from national level.
Mr. Michael Kissi Boateng of the National Development Planning Commission cautioned the participating MMDAs not to consider the SC4Gh as a standalone project for DFID but rather as an initiative that ties in well with the national development planning agenda.
Eighty four (84) participants drawn from the 17 MMDAs, Fiscal Decentralisation Unit of Ministry of Finance, Office of the Head of Local Government Service, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ministry of Local Government, Private Sector and Non State Actors were present. Main activities of the day following the opening session included, live pitches from the MMDAs, pep talk session between the head of local government service and metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives and coordinating directors (MMDCEs/MMDCDs), and MMDAs progress reports feedback by IMC. The event was widely covered and reported by the print, online, radio and local television network among others.
About the SC4Gh LPC
Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) is an inducement prize initiative to stimulate competition among Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and to encourage inclusive partnership for the design and implementation of sustainable liquid waste management strategies. Seventeen (17) MMDAs are currently in the final stage, Dignified City Award of the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) contest implementing the liquid waste management (LWM) strategies to enable them bring transformational changes to urban sanitation service delivery in the focused project areas.
Following the submission of progress reports on the implementation of the agreed liquid waste management (LWM) strategies by the 17 Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) involved in the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) contest, the review process was completed. To ensure proper follow-up, stimulate peer learning exchange and to explore innovations to inform speedy implementation of the LWM value chain results, this learning and practice convening (LPC) was organised for representatives of the 17 MMDAs and relevant stakeholders from the National level involved in the SC4Gh prize. The objectives of the learning and practice convening of July 25-26, 2018 included the following:
- stimulate peer learning exchange and co-generate innovations to inform improved practice and speedy implementation of the LWM value chain results captured in the strategies of the 17 MMDAs;
- remind MMDAs of the judging criteria and judging process, final reporting and timelines;
- facilitate field visits to state of the art liquid waste management treatment and reuse facilities in Accra and Ashiaman to enable MMDAs jointly reflect on ways to adapt and enhance partnerships with non state actors to intensify implementation of the value chain activities.