Acts Providing Legal Frameworks For Implementation of National Water Policy. 

Wednesday January 17th, 2018.

I am happy to present to all Ambassadors, the National Community Water and Sanitation Strategy (NCWSS) – March 2014.

These are alignments to the National Water Policy, NWP and other policies, strategies and guidelines. 

The overall goal of NCWSP is to improve public health and economic well – being of rural and small communities through the provision of sustainable water and sanitation service, and hygiene promotion interventions. 

Considering the many lapses in environmental protection and water sustainability in Ghana, one would question, what are the policies and Acts of the country that we cannot succeed? 

I am Krobea Asante, Executive Coordinator for Drink Safe Water Group and share the following Acts to aid you in your advocacy. 

– Community Water and Sanitation Act, 1998 (Act 564)

– Local Governance Act, 1993 (Act 462)

– Local Government Service Act, 2003 (Act 656)

– Community Water and Sanitation Regulation, 2001 (LI 2007)

– Water Resources Commission, 1996 (Act 522)

– Ghana Water Company Limited, 1993 (Act 461)

In totality, the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851) are all good point for reference should one think we do not have enough laws to deal with water and sanitation challenges in Ghana. 

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DSW Group Tags Kwahu-Obomeng Cleanest Town in Ghana – News Afrika Online

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DSWAG, WISHES AMBASSADORS A HAPPY YULETIDE.

Friday 23rd December, 2017.

From: Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene, Executive Coordinator for DSWAG. 

My regards to you Ambassadors of Drink Safe Water Advocacy Group, especially from the high ranks of the Chairmanship to heads of coalitions, all protocols and members observed. 

Nana Ampem (Left) and Krobea (Right)

Merry, Merry, Merry Yuletide!!!

I must reiterate that, you have been wonderful on this platform that seek to attain safe water, sanitation and hygiene for sustainable development.

It’s not been easy, however you decided to stay and contribute your quota to the vision and aspirations. 

Having played a major role in discussions and brainstorming of the way out to curb the menace of filth in our beloved country, I on behalf of Ghana, say thank you for your support. 

However, I must reiterate that we began our journey on 1st of July, 2017 from Krobo Odumase in the Eastern region with 14 members only.

Today, we have grown and still growing everyday to the present, more interesting now is our feel all over 10 regions of the country. 

From every nook and cranny of Ghana and even beyond, we have made remarkable strives, and as at filing of this piece, advocacy not here alone but also abroad due to the sophisticated nature of media with our team. 

May I undertake to mention not all but few names that have made it possible to our present destination, solid as a rock and always making us feel the urge to move on with funds or not. 

Our able Chairman, Mr. Issaka Amon Kotei, a local governance expert, Madam Hilda Huaji Agric extension officer and of Women in Agriculture Development, WIAD, Mr. Daniel Alimoh of the Wondrous Love Foundation who is Head Of Committees, Mr. Fred Amui Tei, Vice to him, Nana Ampem Gyeke Darko Samuel, C. E.O of Power Africa Multimedia, Madam Victoria Mamley, Ambassador, Mrs. Elizabeth Addo, Halidas Dasmani in the Upper East region representing us from that far end, Mr. William Addo Nuertey. 

I am also grateful to all media collaborating with us, and daily giving us the opportunity to express our little thoughts that tends to relegate the present awful situation to good, we could not have reached out to our many targetted citizens. 

Not to mention all, but cannot let 2017 pass without my comment, ‘you do all’ to Goodlife, Fawe, Ahotor, Unity, Life, Rite, Noplas, News Afrika Online, Kasapa, Kingdom, Eastern, Obrempong, KW, Ahomka, Okwahu, Okyeman FM,  in fact about a 101 to add. 

I beseech you to continue the good works, never leave this advocacy on sanitation and safe drinking water, it’s our life and cannot be short exchanged for anything. 

Even though, we have had instances where people exit the platform of discussion and spread of the good message, God has always brought us new people who have the spirit of moving on no matter how our challenges have described us. 

“Together we stand, divided we fall”, let’s remember that, all our actions today are credited to making the present earth and home a better place for generations that will come after us, your name is born to do and win, filth cannot destroy us, for we have all the might to forge ahead, we carry the strength of the eagle and gradually flying into 2018. 

As we approach a new year, it is my fervent prayer that, new ideas, skills and capabilities abound you in order to bring on board, all good tidings of 2018 and even years to come after. 

Ghana shall be clean but with whom? Thank you for knowing its you and I and not anyone else. 

Let’s continue to spread the message, yes Ghana hears us when we speak, little drops of water they say, makes a mighty ocean, it does matter to change the mindset of just one person today or tomorrow about pollution. 

In 2030, the world we want must come with our actions and commitments to nation building, health is the basis for growth and development and this is reason why you must not relent on what we stand for. 

To this end, say to your self, I am a proud member of Drink Safe Water Advocacy Group, DSWAG. 

DSWAG, ‘Building Communities, Solving Water and Environment Challenges in Peace through Partnerships”.

My Ambassadors and Executives, if you say a prayer, do remember me as I will today until celebration time for our success, look forward for you to make a wish for this noble group in the impending 2018 administrative year. 

Source: DSWAG/ http://www.newsafrikaonline.com

DSW Embarks Sanitation Education in Accra Streets, Storms Sector Minister’s Office. 

Story by: Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene 

Wednesday 20th December, 2017.

The Anti – water and environment pollution group, Drink Safe Water ‘DSW’ today embarked on sanitation education with leader of the September One – Man demonstration, Mr. Fred Amui Ademan Tei to speak to many Ghanaians to keep Accra clean. 

The Executive Coordinator, Mr. Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene, a former morning show host at Rite FM and Journalist at Power Africa Multimedia  described the move as an action to inspire change the city deserves. 

Earlier today, the duo were spotted walking and talking to people in the streets of Odorkor, Kaneshie and Tema lorry station. 

Accra, the capital of Ghana has lately been in both local and international news following the declaration by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa.  

Amongst the numerous waste materials scattered in the streets of the city are polythene bags used widely by food vendors and traders, cans and bottles.

Most dominated is sachet water rubbers and black polythene bags, this, Drink Safe Group has established and described as a worrying situation to the country and urgently need to be addressed with a holistic approach.  

Mr. Fred Amui Tei astonished by a filthy situation. 

They encountered market women, drivers and pedestrians and advised them to remain discipline in the course of the discharge of their duties. 

Footages of locally identified conditions of the filthy state of the city were shown to respective audience who listened carefully to the good advise from the ‘sanitation preachers’.  

Equally, areas where waste receptacles were placed by individuals and warning signs, ‘do not dump here’ have been erected were commended by the faces behind such developments. 

Disclosing other findings during the educational walk, Mr. Krobea Asante expressed shock to see people enjoying their delicacies even just close to stinking gutters, he called on food vendors to select appropriate venues to operate their business to safeguard the health safety of customers. 

Opposite Fisherman’s House on the Odorkor – Kaneshie road, similar situations seemed to be normal to both food vendors and buyers as they little factored any possible consequences of eating from unhygienic places.  

The group however did not hesitate to draw attention of vendors and buyers to do the right thing in order to stay healthy from cholera, malaria, meningitis and typhoid fever, since they are preventable diseases and need not ignorantly be infected with. 

At the Kaneshie market area, the revelation of a huge refuse became shocking as, Mr. Krobea Asante became stunned and lost words to speak on the scene. 

Mr. Fred Amui, therefore engaged traders and staff of the market calling on them to immediately find a lasting solution to clear the refuse as it defaced the beauty of the market and also makes consumption of food from the market  unworthy and unhealthy. 

In a development, officials of the market told team that, the refuse was on contract and ought to be cleared, however failure of the contractor to evacuate is causing much stench and uneasiness to trade or make business in the market. 

Around Ministries and the Tema lorry station, situations remained indifferent as activities of ‘Kayaye’ and traders in the area facililated waste generation. 

Heaps of rubbish here could not be understood, as the location was very close to the Ministries, Mr. Krobea Asante questioned whether or not Ministers of the country were aware, or have just turned blind eyes to the deadly menace. 

A situation near Accra Academy. 

Mr. Krobea Asante and Mr. Fred Amui Tei, having educated many in the afore mentioned areas and taken footages, proceeded to locate the sector minister responsible for sanitation and water resources to discuss a possible way out to help solve the challenge. 

Even though, the sector Minister, Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda was not present in his office, Drink Safe Water Group’s module on sanitation dubbed, ‘Asetenapa community – led total sanitation’ was received by Mrs. Lydia who promised to deliver as soon as the minister arrived at his office. 

Mr. Krobea Asante therefore requested to sign for an appointment form which will later seek to aid meeting the minister. 

A follow up was made to the ministry of environment, science, technology and innovation on the subject that led to the ‘One – Man demonstration’ on Korle – lagoon. 

Mr. Fred Amui Tei in the One – Man demonstration last September, 15th. 

Even though, the Minister, Professor Frimpong Boateng could not meet team, he scheduled to call team for further deliberations, hence another filling of appointment form at the reception of ESTI.

Source: drinksafewatergroup.wordpress.com

http://www.newsafrikaonline.com 

Adopt Personal Hygiene and Hand – Washing to Avoid Salmonella Typhi Bacteria – Naomi Badzi. 

Story by: Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene 

Tuesday 19th December, 2017.

A physician assistant at the Atua government hospital in the Lower Manya Krobo municipality of the eastern region, Mrs. Naomi Badzi has disclosed that, hand – washing, food vendor screening test for typhoid, general body hygiene and sanitation improvement is significant to promote health of the Ghanaian citizenry.

Physician Assistant – Mrs. Naomi Badzi 

 Mrs. Naomi told Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene, Executive Coordinator for Drink Safe Water Group, DSW and Journalist at Power Africa Multimedia during a Monday visit that, even though the world communities have reaffirmed their commitment to ensure the health safety of all, many lapses continue to pose danger to lives in many communities. 

The physician was reacting to trends of typhoid fever cases in the LMKM between 2014 and 2017 even though yet to end. 

During the visit by the Executive Coordinator of the Anti – water and environment pollution group, Drink Safe Water Group, the facility had recorded a total of 1,527 cases since 2014. 

Mr. Krobea Asante said, the figures were alarming and could have been reduced if the citizens gave priority to preventive treatment. 

A break down of figures shared to Ambassadors of DSW Group is displayed below. 

Year      – Male   – Female    – Total

2014        -94.        – 189          – 283 

2015       -231.       – 463          – 694

2016       -192.       – 370           -562

2017 as at Monday 18th December.

2017      – 36.           – 52            – 88

Mrs. Naomi attributed the massive decline in trend for 2017 to the intensive awareness and education on use of soap and water for handwashing. 

She explained that, typhoid fever or enteric fever is caused by the bacteria called salmonella typhi, and spread through contact by persons who are carriers of the bacteria. 

“The infection is brought by absorption of contaminated drinks or food, and flies spread it most widely after getting contact with it”, she added. 

Touching on effects, Mrs. Naomi reiterated that, the immune system is able to fight salmonella typhi bacteria naturally it’s own way until it is no longer able to, this brings about the symptoms which include headache, abdominal pains, diarrhoea, constipation, alceration, constipation amongst others. 

She continued that, the bacteria is deadly as it causes tiny holes into the intestines, and create infections along the intestinal tract. 

Worried about the use of tap water in households, Mrs. Naomi said that, the public should consider every water from the tap, or other sources as contaminated in order to adopt strategies to purify it before drinking. 

She explained that, several pipes are broken or injured, and allows bacteria to be carried along to various outlets where people use for various purposes including drinking and bathing. 

Advising on drinking from tap water sources, she asked that water be fetched and allowed to settle before drinking as direct source intake could be disastrous due to precence of contaminants or bacteria. 

As Yuletide beset, Mrs. Naomi Badzi advised that the general public be circumspect with food vendors as many fail to comply with the public Health order act, 851 of 2012 which forbids the display, promotion and sale of food unfit for human consumption. 

She concluded however that, constant education, awareness creation on hand washing, water safety and environmental cleanliness will prevent typhoid fever and other related diseases such as cholera and malaria. 

Recapping the advise of the physician assistant, Mr. Krobea Asante called on various assemblies to clamp down on all food vendors who fail to obtain licenses for operation of their businesses. 

He said regular checks should be conducted by officers at the environmental health departments at various assemblies, as it remained the only trusted way to avoid diseases infection. 

In a related issue, the administrator of the hospital, Mr. Frimpong Ghartey narrated his ordeal that led to his admission having eaten local rice “waakye” from a source that was proven after test to be contaminated. 

A filthy situation in Koforidua. 

Mr. Ghartey said, it is important that, the public identify reliable and only trusted places to eat or drink from, “failure to do these simple checks may result to gastrointestinal problems just as I had”, he mentioned. 

He also called on people with suspicion of all afore mentioned symptoms by Mrs. Naomi to seek medical attention at the facility, noting that the hospital offered immediate attention to cases of typhoid fever at well as other diseases. 

Mr. Krobea Asante, commended staff of Atua government  hospital, especially Doctor Amoh for directions and assistance in obtaining the requested data for DSW Group. 

He promised to use data provided the group to do more community engagements, “many remote and rural areas lack basic information on diseases such as typhoid fever” Mr. Krobea ended. 

Source: http://www.newsafrikaonline.com

Indiscipline, Leadership, Law Enforcement failure or Wickedness? – Sanitation in Ghana. 

Friday December 15th, 2017. (Article)

Written by: Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene,  Executive Coordinator for Drink Safe Water Group.

“I wonder why the snake must be starred and allowed to bite and kill us, when the rod is just before us to save ourselves  from a mishappening”, Executive Coordinator, Krobea Asante and the Drink Safe Water Group is calling for the crack of the whisk to put things right on the weak hands cramping down filth making in the country. 

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Same situation has been created around us over centuries, and now hunting us as people no longer live to maintain personal hygiene and have totally avoided to protect the very environment within which they survive.

“If we shall continue to vote for Mp’s to enact laws for us, but fail to enforce them,  then I am sorry to say, we have no priorities in governance”, I am only passionate about people, peace, prosperity, partnerships and planets, have this to note to Ghanaian’s and the world.

“I find it difficult to describe who truly a Ghanaian is when he is home and what he transforms to become when outside his country”, Mr. Krobea has started engagement with many stakeholders in the discussion.

Please read the article below, send us messages on whatsapp, +233 262449313 let’s find lasting solutions to our environmental and sanitation challenges, we cannot continue to  disobey rules of  our land.

GHANAIAN’S WHO TRAVEL OUTSIDE GHANA OBSERVE SANITATION LAWS AND SHOW DISCIPLINE!

What’s the real problem with us in the sanitation menace fight? 

Check a country like Johannesburg, it is one of the wealthiest modern cities in Africa; it has a lot of investment and career opportunities.

Its airport is one of the best in the world and it is home to the largest man-made forest in the world.

The inner cities are clean and there are several shopping malls, international hotels and restaurants, Johannesburg is an amazing city to live in.

Windhoek, Namibia As the economic, social, cultural and political capital of Namibia, it is the location of most government institutions.

 Though a relatively small city it has a bubbling business district which has trendy shopping malls, bars and restaurants. 

It has adequate healthcare services and has good educational institutions. Windhoek is a wonderful place to live in.

Comparatively, the state of Ghana’s filth especially in the capital Accra is a bane to the country as technocrats find it more complex getting solution to relegate it.

The Anti – water pollution and environmental protection group has started the debate, and making tremendous media captions in many news bulletins as engagement of stakeholders has just begun.

The In a response to the way forward to end the sanitation challenges of the country, Mr. Michael Ologo, Parliamentary hopeful for NDC in the Yilo Krobo Municipality has said it is always possible only when the mindsets of the citizens change.

He told Krobea Asante, executive Coordinator for Drink Safe Water Group that, even though it is seemingly difficult for Ghanaian’s to put up acceptable behaviors in the country, he is surprised same people travel abroad and observe rules pertaining to environmental protection and pollution. 

The statements follows a promise made by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo on 13th of November, 2017 to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa, which the groups Coordinator fears will be a talk show. 

According to Mr. Krobea Asante, if the President and the sector Minister, Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda do not put stringent measures, the talk will not be walked and may remain a mirage as the attitude of most Ghanaian’s seem to set a reproach to the vision of the President of the Republic of Ghana. 

Since yesterday, the group’s Coordinator has been responding and engaging the media on what he says is feared to befall the President having reiterated his commitment to make Accra cleanest city in Africa. 

Mr. Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene, who is also a former morning show host at Rite FM, a local based Agric radio station in Somanya has said, “the President has spoken well, called for Ghanaian’s to make everyday a sanitation day, but sorry to say he may be referred a liar by the 53 countries who make up the African continent”.

He mentioned that, the 5 regions that make up Africa have taken note of the remarks and await to see the state of Accra sooner. 

Mr. Krobea Asante mentioned South Africa, North Africa, Eastern Africa, Central and Western Africa as member counties awaiting to see this promise. 

He told Mr. Ologo that, if same people who travel behave well outside the country, but will have no respect here, then discipline is just the way forward to end indiscriminate waste disposal and open – defecation. 

In a development, Mr. Godfred Ceasar, School Health Education Programme Coordinator in the Lower Manya Krobo municipality added explaining to members of DSW GROUP the statements below. 

“Many Ghanaians litter here in Ghana but when they travel to developed countries they dare not litter”

What’s the difference? why is indiscriminate littering so abundant in Ghana and so rare elsewhere?

Enforcement of the laws, “We have so many laws, but enforcement of the laws is our problem”, he noted 

Out there, the law is clear and even if Ure a minister and u flout any rules, you will be dealt with. 

Peoples attitudes change in response to laws that are enforced, let’s enforce our laws, if the law bites hard enough, the attitudes will change.

This has facilitated much contributions from members of DSW Group who most have called for law enforcement and attitudinal change in lifestyle. 

Check out these comments! [12/14, 23:46] Kafui Agbe Ypad:

Ashesi University is established right here in Ghana with Ghanaian schooling and working there. The sanitation on that campus is one of a kind just like when you travel to Europe or America.

What is the difference?, providing things that makes the system work. 

You have bins at reasonable intervals. No one tells you not to litter. You just know you can’t litter, the system is made to work by Authorities..

[12/14, 23:47] Mr. Issaka Amon Kotei Local Government Expert : Our systems are not working at the Municipal level.

Due to poor planning,  we as a nation lost control over zoning, that has lead us into  this situation.

[12/15, 08:37] Mr. Godfred Ceasar SHEP Coordinator: Ashesi University is too far from us in Krobo land.

My brother, just get to Ensign College of Puplic Health at Kpong and it is a different story all together.

We know the right thing but it is our attitudes, enforcement of the law is also another big area that must be tackled. 

If we are able to look at these things carefully ,we can get somewhere with regards to this big sanitation problem we are battling with throughout the Country.

Let us change our attitudes, the laws should be enforced, if ones surrounding is dirty, the person must be tasked to clean it or a spot fine is applied.

In all these Mr. Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene, Dsw Coordinator has maintained the application of common law to achieve the targets. 

If we Ghanaian’s can respect the laws of other countries, why the disregard with the laws and bye laws we have here?

Source : DSW GROUP.