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Northern Region to host sanitation day




The Northern Region is to host the forthcoming National Sanitation Exercise, which would take place on February 7, Mr Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development has announced.

Mr Vanderpuye, who made the announcement at a meeting with metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) in the Northern Region in Tamale said the choice of the region to host the national exercise formed part of efforts to bring governance to the doorsteps of the people.

The Minister is in the Northern Region ahead of the National Sanitation Day that falls on February 7, 2015.

The meeting with the MMDCEs was to share ideas on how to coordinate the National Sanitation Exercise in the region to ensure success.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the  Regional Coordinating Council, has drawn a comprehensive programme, which involves a week-long prior visit to communities to interact with traditional leaders and people in the region to seek their support for the exercise.

The government, three months ago, launched the National Sanitation Exercise and set aside every first Saturday of every month as National Sanitation Day for the citizenry to clean their surroundings to rid the country of filth.

Mr Vanderpuye urged the media to devote more time to issues of sanitation to generate consciousness in the people to support the exercise to ensure success.

The Minister disclosed that a draft copy of a new legislation to make the National Sanitation Day legal is before Cabinet.

The law would ensure that people who absent themselves from the nationwide cleaning exercise could be liable for prosecution.

According to him even though there are by-laws at district assembly levels that can be enforced to keep the environment clean, the laws at the national level have become obsolete.

He said the laws to ensure environmental cleanliness do not bite hard enough.

The law, according to the Deputy Minister "will also take care of open defecation, and people littering wantonly".

Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, Regional Minister said the government would be working with the traditional authorities to take the lead in the exercise.

Alhaji Amadu Seidu, Member of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu, who also attended the meeting, said cleanliness must be a collective responsibility of all and urged everyone  “to keep the fire of sanitation burning”, to sustain the exercise.

Credit: GNA

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