The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has focused attention on finding long lasting solutions to address sanitation issues in the capital, Accra.

According to the AMA, although the challenges associated with tackling the situation are enormous, it will ensure a clean city.

“Accra is still battling with wanton plastic waste, unreliable waste disposal systems and the general absence of toilet facilities in many homes, which breeds open defecation,” it said according to Citi News.

But in a statement issued by the assembly and signed by its Public Relations Officer, Gilbert Ankrah, the AMA said although its short-term measures are effective, it will do more to ensure that the situation is solved permanently.

“To deal with the debris situation, the AMA drains maintenance gang are scheduled to regularly remove debris in all the Accra drains. Of course, the challenge is enormous, but the City authority is focused on a lasting and sustainable intervention. Meanwhile, the current measure has proven to be effective in the short term considering the exigencies of the situation.”

The statement further mentioned that solving the insanitary conditions in the capital does not lie solely with the AMA but rather a collaboration among all stakeholders.

“Proactive involvement of citizenry is crucial. We urge the media to note that the clean Accra agenda is a shared responsibility. They should step up their education campaign, demand accountability from the Assemblies and admonish city dwellers to be responsible. The ‘Clean Accra Agenda’ is a shared responsibility,” the statement read.

Give AMA more control to ensure proper sanitation – Accra Mayor

The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah has blamed the failure to ensure the provision of social services including adequate sanitation in the metropolis on the Assembly’s lack of total control over these services.

According to him, despite being responsible for the development of the capital, the Assembly has to contend with other agencies which have the primary responsibility for certain key social services.

“You travel around the world and are proud to go to certain megacities and see things over there. But what is the governance structure in those cities? I sit here as the Mayor of Accra but I don’t control the Ghana Police Service or the Ghana Health Service, so I don’t control all the clinics in Accra. These are all complementary factors that could factor in your planning of the city,”he said.