Thank you Mr Speaker for allowing me to add my voice to the Statement ably made by the Hon Member for Manhyia North.
Mr Speaker, issues of sanitation are as important as any other national programme and for him to have drawn the nation's attention to the issues of sanitation, I think he should be congratulated on making the Statement.
Mr Speaker,one of the core businesses of the District Assemblies is to ensure that people live in a sanitary condition. Mr Speaker, it is for this reason that, at any time, when this House is considering the formula for Common Fund allocation, we do make adequate provisions for sanitation.
Mr Speaker, in fact, for the seven years that I have been in this House, almost every year, when we are considering the Common Fund formula, one of the core components has been that which we set aside in areas of sanitation gap, in areas of fumigation and in areas of even removal of refuse heaps and what have you.
But Mr Speaker, what do we see? Even though we make huge commitments to
sanitation, you go to the ground and the situation is not improving. I do not know whether it is for that reason that, perhaps, the provisions that we make are not adequate or that the people who are supposed to use those moneys are not using them for the reason for which they are set aside.
Mr Speaker, it is so serious in the sense that, you move into the hinterlands and you would see huge refuse heaps scattered all over our cities and towns.
Mr Speaker, one other factor which has contributed to the poor sanitation conditions of most of our communities is the fact that, people who are supposed to supervise and even train our people to keep good sanitary conditions, are not even being recruited after completing their study.
The Hon Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development just mentioned that there are four batches of graduates from our various hygiene institutions who have not been absorbed into the main system. For what reason were they given the training and what are they expected to do? Why is it that we spent moneys in training them but are not also getting them to do that which they were trained for?
Mr Speaker, if indeed, we want to give meaning to what we say, then we must immediately find ways of getting these people recruited, so that, at least, they can help not only in making sure that we do the right things in terms of sanitation, but also educate the people on better hygienic conditions.
Mr Speaker, the issue of national sanitation in my view, is very good. The way it is being implemented leaves much to be desired. The fact that we have it once
in a month creates the impression that now, one could leave their environment any how, wait till the month ends for the national programme to come before that awareness is created.