The Okyehene of the Kyebi State, Osagyefo Amoatia Oforipanyin has commended the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah for her hard work towards improving the sanitation situation in the Country.
Okyehene noted that the Country cannot develop in filth and therefore there is the need for all Ghanaians to support the efforts of the Government in the national sanitation campaign. “It is our collective responsibility to achieve progress”.
He said this when the sector minister and her Deputy Minister Hon. Michael Gyato (MP), as well as a team of Officials from the sector, paid a courtesy call on the Okyehene at his palace at Kyebi in the Eastern Region on Sunday, December 8, 2019.
The Okyehene further noted that the country's tourism industry cannot thrive if the country is not clean.
According to him, during the 20th Anniversary celebration of his enstoolment as the Okyehene, the traditional authorities agreed to plant 25 million trees in the next five years in greening the country.
He added that it is time for the Government to consider the employment of what he called Sanitation Brigades to enforce the sanitation bye-laws.
He has called for strong sanctions for people who litter and violate the sanitation bye-laws.
On her part, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah commended the Okyehene for his leadership which has brought a lot of developments.
She said following the request made by the Okyehene, Ghana Water Company Limited will in the near future open an Office in the town.
The sector minister also praised the Okyehene for his interest in protecting the country's water resources as well as the environment.
In addition, she congratulated the Okyehene for the 20 years of his leadership and wished him good health and long life.
The sector Minister presented various items to the traditional council which included 100 pieces of litter bins, 100 boxes of bottled water, drinks and other assorted items.
The peak of the Okyehene’s 20th Anniversary Celebration comes off in a week's time with a grand durbar.