The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin has called on President Nana Akufo Addo to decentralise all ministries such that dealing with sanitation issues coupled with the workload and population in Accra can be reduced.
According to him, this will fairly ensure shared responsibilities across the length and breadth of the country to enhance development.
According to him, the move will bring government appointees and workers' focus on the jobs in the regions and he believes they will work diligently.
"Government must make sure he expands ministries to every region. The workforce must leave Accra to the areas the jobs are located, only that way the country can develop" Accra is loaded with all the ministries while the jobs are outside Accra. How can a commission be in Accra while forests are in other regions? And the dirt in the capital alone is a lot of works and when the decentralization is done it will reduce the population in the country and the dirt will reduce automatically." he indicated.
The Okyehene made these observations when the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her team visited the region to tour the water treatment plants in the Eastern region.
Touching on the illegal mining 'Galamsey' in the region, he denied allegations of Galamsey in Kyebi insisting that the allegations are untrue.
He said water is life, hence access to potable water is a necessity to every man's life.
"The foreigners coming to Ghana don't have any good intentions about Ghana rather than mining which we Ghanaians must not let them. We must stop showing them the areas where the minerals are located because if we don't they will destroy all our water bodies."
He said, his outfit will continue to support the president in the fight against galamsey in the country to protect the rest of the water from contamination.
He also admonished authorities to enforce all sanitation by-laws in the country to punish any cooperative body or individual that violates them.
"Our water bodies are being destroyed simply because we say there are no jobs in the country. I will encourage them to find something meaningful like planting for food and jobs to earn a living. Government must make sure the laws are enforced and punish anyone who breaks the law."
The Okyehene also used the opportunity to debunk allegations of free Wi-Fi internet networks in Kyebi.
"I would like to commend H.E Nana Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Hon. Cecelia Abena Dapaah for their hard work towards the fight against illegal mining and making sure our water bodies bounce back in good shape."
The four-day tour which commenced today at Kyebi in the Eastern Region by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources is aimed at checking on water bodies and making sure water treatment plants in the regions are in shape.
The first point of call was the Osuio Water Treatment, Bunso Water Treatment Plant then the Kyebi Tutake plant.
On her part, Hon. Cecelia Abena Dapaah during an interaction with the media expressed excitement upon seeing both water bodies and treatment plants in good shape.
"The government will continue to work assiduously to ensure Ghanaians have access to clean and potable drinking water," the Minister assured.