As the Secretariat for the Media Coalition Against Open Defecation (M-CODe), Kings Hall Media will coordinate a Media Engagement on the status of the proposed National Sanitation Authority on 30th October, 2019 in Accra.
The media advocacy event, jointly organized by M-CODe and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), an international charity with operations in Ghana, seeks to sensitize both the media and the general public on everything about the National Sanitation Authority.
The President of Ghana, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, promised Ghanaians in 2017 that his government would establish a National Sanitation Authority, to be funded through a National Sanitation Fund to facilitate the implementation of policies by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.
As at October, 2019, little is known to the media and the public about the status of the proposed National Sanitation Authority, which some civil society and private sector operatives say they believe would be an ideal intervention to ensure that the establishment of a dedicated Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) would yield the expected results in the field.
“At the moment, the MSWR does not seem to have a foot on the ground as it has not got even a single staff within the District Assemblies,” says Attah Arhin, WASH Technical Coordinator at World Vision Int. Ghana, and also the Vice Chairman of CONIWAS, an water and sanitation umbrella group.
The media engagement, which is open to the public, will bring together experts from the MSWR, CSOs and the Private Sector to share all they know and think about the proposed NSA under the theme “All About the National Sanitation Authority.”