A total of 1,174 graduates of the Accra, Tamale and Ho Schools of Hygiene have posted to work in various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the country, after the Sector Ministry received financial clearance for their recruitment as environmental officers.
The 1,174 constituted the backlog of graduates who completed school between 2010 and 2019.
Speaking at her vetting on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the Minister-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, disclosed that the ten years backlog has been cleared.
“For the past ten years, we have not been able to recruit students who have graduated from the school of sanitation. But for last year, we were fortunate enough to obtain the financial clearance to employ 1,174 students,” she explained.
On matters of trainee allowances for the students of the three hygiene schools, the she revealed that the Ministry has been able to settle every student.
“Their allowances were in limbo, because they were moved from the Ministry of Health, to Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources. The Financial Minister, through our promptings has paid their allowances, so that is settled,” she stated.
Meanwhile, she maintained that Accra is still on the course of becoming the cleanest city in Africa, despite a failed target by the Akufo-Addo-led government to delivers its promise in four years
According to her, the government needs enough time to fulfill that promise.
“Accra is on course to become the cleanest city that the President said in absolute terms. I think we are on course looking at what we started doing and what I continued from my colleague,” the nominee said during her vetting on Tuesday.
Story by: Angela Owusu Nyarko | universnewsroom.com