The Honourable Minister for Tourism, Catherine Afeku, says her ministry stands in support with the Central Region as it fights the degrading practice of open defecation.
According to her, the region plays home to a number of tourist destinations in the country with some recognized as world heritage sites. She said it is necessary to keep these areas and the region as a whole clean in order to attract more tourists into the country.
Madam Afeku pledged this support after she paid a working visit to some selected tourist sites in the region on Tuesday to ascertain the extent to which people indulge in the practice of open defecation and reinforce commitment to fighting the menace.
As part of the tour, she held discussions with the Oguaamanhen, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II and the Omanhen of Edina, Nana Kwadwo Condua VI on how they can work collectively to ensure that open defecation is completely wiped out of the region.
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Madam Afeku said the canker of open defecation is a primary concern to all well-meaning Ghanaians and not her ministry alone. She said it is wrong to accept the practice as a way of life for people who live along the coastal stretch of the country.
“...it can’t be something that we just leave and say that is just the attitude of the fisher folks. No! Nobody was born with this up bringing so together with you, as partners, we will have to put the right things in place. It is not only the tourism industry that is fighting this fight. We have done the letters we are yet to distribute to the sanitation ministry, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Local Government, Information and we are coming together with all the regional ministers along the coast to fight this menace”.
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As an initial step to combat the situation, Madam Afeku said additional toilet facilities will be built in the region. She cautioned people of the region against the practice and warned that perpetrators of the act will be dealt with.
On his part, the Honourable central regional minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan, who is embarking on a campaign to make the region open defecation free by 2019 said the tourism ministry’s support towards the fight is welcoming.
Honourable central regional minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan
He assured Madam Afeku of his readiness to collaborate with her ministry to win the fight against menace.
Source: ATL FM NEWS