Sanitation Issues Tourism in Ghana is being crippled by open defecation - Catherine Afeku

Mrs. Catherine Afeku has described the open defecation in the country as a major discouragement to the tourism sector.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Minister - designate of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Catherine Afeku has indicated that the practice of easing oneself in the open especially along the country’s beaches has contributed to the low patronage of tourism in the country.

She noted steps must be taken to rectify the situation which has constantly harmed Ghana's outlook on the international market.

READ ALSO: We sacked only 206 police recruits - Cephas Arthur

She told the vetting committee on Monday, February 6 that:

“You cannot aggressively bring people for tourism when you have open defecation at the beaches.”

She said countries like Kenya, where tourism brings in so much foreign exchange, have a practical advantage over Ghana because of issues like sanitation.

READ ALSO: Nana appoints Kojo Antwi as new CEO of GTDC

Mrs. Afeku was of the view that if sanitation was not addressed, tourism would continue to suffer.

The Minister-designate indicated that the set-up of the Sanitation Ministry was laudable. She assured the house that if she is approved as minister, she will collaborate with that ministry to ensure Ghana’s beaches are devoid of filth.

READ ALSO: I am not a fraudster or criminal- Catherine Afeku

Meanwhile, UNICEF’s Country Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, David Duncan, has said that considering the current rate, it will take Ghana 500 years to bring an end to ‘free ranging’ or open defecation.

An estimated 1.1 billion people in developing countries, including Ghana, ease themselves outdoors, though the practice is considered the greatest danger to human health.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Failed Assassination Ben Ephson saved me from assassins - Kennedy Agyapongbullet
2 In Kumawu NPP Chairman suspendedbullet
3 Former President John Mahama consoles Nduom after massive firebullet
4 In Nadowli Kaleo Stay away from DCE appointment - Youth group...bullet
5 100 Days Assessment NDC communicators reported to police for...bullet
6 Election 2016 What Jehovah's Witnesses think about this electionbullet
7 Profile All you need to know about Samira Bawumiabullet
8 Galamsey Ghana has no problem with China; only enforcing...bullet
9 Late MP Family marks one year anniversary of death of JB...bullet
10 Profile All you need to know about Rebecca Akufo-Addobullet

Top Videos

1 Video Ken Agyapong vows to commit suicide if Mahama is not jailedbullet
2 Video Chaos erupts in Parliament over bribery reportbullet
3 Parliamentary Bribery Saga Opoku Prempeh insulted me – Suhuyinibullet
4 Agenda 2020 Mahama interacts with former gov't appointeesbullet
5 Election 2016 Obinim predicts victory for Nana Addobullet
6 Election 2016 Nana Addo receives massive welcome to Tamalebullet
7 Watch Gbese Mantse vows to abdicate if Nana Addo winsbullet

Politics