– WAPS Director
…As He Declares War Against Poor Sanitation
The Executive Director of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operating under the name, ‘War Against Poor Sanitation (WAPS), Mr. Wisdom Addae, is urging the state, particularly those at the helm of affair to also declare what he described as “Ghana beyond filth” as advocacy to rid the country of filth.
WAPS boss, who was speaking at a event to officially launched the war against poor sanitation last Friday March 16, 2018, at the Kaneshie Market, following the worsening filth which has engulfed the country’s capital cities said, as “citizens, we need to work towards Ghana beyond filth” as well as “Ghana beyond vote”.
The war dubbed “Go Clean Ghana Campaign” according to the group is targeted at educating the general public about the need for attitudinal change by embarking on various programs to in order to completely get rid of filth across the country collectively.
He stated that, the issue of poor sanitation is a case of “indiscipline” by the citizenry and therefore the need to approach this campaign by involving the law enforcement agencies. According to him, “it will be a work in futility if the law enforcement agencies do not enforce the laws” after the areas have been cleared.
The Executive Director of WAPS, emphasized we need to let people be responsible to their actions and inactions in communities where filths have been discovered at any given location. By this, he said “we will surely win the war against poor sanitation”.
Mr. Wisdom Addae, also announced that a lot of religious organizations, churches and other civil society organizations involve in sanitation, have all signed onboard their campaign against poor sanitation.
They said, the NGO, has identified three main frameworks namely; “Advocacy, Education and Intervention” as its main approach in fighting poor sanitation in Ghana.
Management of the group insists, WAPS is working hard to “undertake suitable projects and programs with special emphasis on poor sanitation related diseases, embark on cost-effective intervention projects in the communities, train volunteers, on sanitation to help with the awareness creation countrywide,” among others as its objectives to the benefit of the general public.
They group is, therefore, calling on Ghanaians and stakeholders to partner them to make this a reality as President Akufo-Addo has envisioned to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa
Meanwhile, Chairman of the event and senior lecturer at the University of Education (UEW), Dr. Vincent Mensah on his part, said poor sanitation is a “national security issue” and for that matter anyone who is not willing to support this course of war against poor sanitation might be an “enemy” of the nation.
He therefore, called on all Ghanaians and stakeholders to come onboard the campaign to collectively achieve this course to get the country rid of filth.
The launch was also graced by the executives of the Kaneshie Market, led by their Secretary, Mr. Asare, as well as the Queen Mother of the market, who all pledged their support for the group’s course.
WAPS, which is a local NGO, was formed by group of Ghanaians with the willingness and passion to fight poor sanitation in the country.
Established in 2017, the group said it has “visualize a country with good sanitation practices, clean cities and towns with citizens conducting themselves in a manner that enforces a national sanitation agenda,” as its vision.
On their mission statement, the group said it will be “working assiduously to harmer out action plans by embarking on massive sanitation programs, across the country, through public engagements”.