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General News of Thursday, 11 May 2017

Source: Joojo Cobbinah / Kodjo Silas

Ghana’s ‘clean’ state in pictures

Beaches in Ghana are decorated with plastic wastes. play videoBeaches in Ghana are decorated with plastic wastes.

The issue of waste management in Ghana is gradually getting out of hands as research has proven that about 80% of urban dwellers have no access to improved sanitation.

Gutters are choked with human excreta, plastics and other solid wastes.

Notwithstanding, a tour of the beaches across the country, especially those in Accra reveals how the country’s sanitation system works as the shores are swamped with both plastic and human waste.

Fishermen have had cause to complain about how plastic waste is affecting their catch.

They say in place of fish, their nets only draw out garbage following the deposition of such waste material into the country's water bodies.

This development, among others has provoked a social media campaign on the need to show more 'care' to the country's environment by possibly banning plastics.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged to make Accra, the capital city of Ghana, one of the cleanest in Africa. The president has thus created a ministry to take charge of sanitation in the country.

Many are however skeptical of the likely success of this move by the president.

Here is a social media campaign by 'This is' to create an awareness for a clean environment.

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