Accra, Nov. 21, GNA - The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development on Monday announced that government in collaboration with Export and Import Bank of India would provide 11million dollarsto procure sanitation vehicles for 21 Assemblies next year.

Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo said apart from that, government would also launch a major nationwide clean-up campaign to instill discipline in the citizenry.

Mr Ampofo announced this when he inaugurated the first batch of 700 sanitation trucks procured by Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a sanitation management company to be distributed to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country.

The procurement of the vehicles was collaboration between the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Zoomlion Ghana Limited to fight against poor sanitary conditions in the country.

The Local government Minister announced that government would soon institute an award scheme that would assess and review the performance of the Assemblies and award the cleanest cities at the end of every year.

Mr Ampofo said government would also provide additional logistical support to the MMDAs in order to enhance their capacities to deliver higher quality waste management services.

In a speech read on his behalf, Mr Joseph Siaw Adgyepong, Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, promised to collaborate effectively with the Ministry and other stakeholders in environmental issues to fight against poor sanitary practices.

He called for collaboration between Zoomlion and partners to adopt strategies that would facilitate the fight of sanitation and waste challenges head-on.

Mr Adjepong said his outfit would incorporate all unorthodox waste pre-collectors (truck pushers) into mainstream operation by helping them to acquire affordable and appropriate waste collection equipment on flexible terms.

“We shall boost waste management practices at the domestic/household levels with the distribution of up to one million bins nationwide,” He added

Mr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, on behalf of other beneficiaries pledged to make maximum use of the trucks to solve all sanitation challenges in the country.