NaWaBin, a solid Waste Management Company in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development on Saturday handed over a vehicle and waste bins to the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly.
The Assembly would in turn distribute the bins to various Assemblies and communities in the Central Region in line with NaWaBin’s determination to distribute about one million bins throughout the country within a year.
The handing over which, was also witnessed by President John Dramani Mahama, Ministers of State, Tourists and people from all walks of life at the annual Afetu Afahye of the Oguaman would help in carrying about the fight against insanitary conditions in the country.
Nii Lante Vanderpuije, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development who announced the handing over gave the assurance that it would also help to stem the current pervasive rate of the cholera outbreak in the country.
NaWaBin, which is one of the newest sanitation companies, has promised to distribute 500,000 bins within the first six months and to complement the efforts of existing companies as only five percent of the people in the country enjoyed house-to House rubbish collection.
They also have the ambition of enhancing household waste management practices by ensuring proper storage, collection and disposal of household of solid waste.
Nii Vanderpuije said sanitation issues were going beyond the control of government and expressed satisfaction that private sector was venturing into the fight against indiscriminate dumping of waste in the country.
He said apart from the distribution, government was also undertaking other partnership measures which would subsequently rid the towns and cities of filth and raise the awareness of dumping of waste.
“The partnership with NaWaBin will include; expansion of infrastructure, sanitary sites, provision of solid waste equipment major road networks to locate all the waste and bins in the communities.”
The Deputy Minister advised Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to take advantage of their partnership with NaWaBin to improve on sanitation issues to ensure a healthy people in the coming years.
The company had already done a similar distribution of bins and other equipment to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.