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Tourism Ministry to stop open defecation at tourist sites

Catherine Afeku - Tourism Minister
Catherine Afeku - Tourism Minister

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has warned that it will deal severely with persons whose activities prevent people from visiting tourist sites.

According to the ministry, acts such as open defecation are a major setback to the tourism industry.

Addressing journalists at a press conference, the Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku said the ministry will soon provide a place of convenience at tourist sites to aid in revenue collection.

She stated that the system will be digitized to help monitor revenue collection, to block all leakages that may be manipulated.

“Revenue that comes from places of convenience found in and around tourist sites will have to be digitized, this way, accurate records can be kept on the revenue and in turn, it can be used to pay the indigenes that will man the place,” she said.

She explained that the digitization will be done in collaboration with local banks in the country.

“We will have to work with banks, so we will publicly advertise, will be able to show government the revenue stream to pay the locals that will be in charge of monitoring activities there”.

Open defecation in Ghana

It has been estimated that Ghana loses an average of $79 million annually due to open defecation and is classified among 34 countries with the highest open defecation rates of 15% and above.

Nineteen percent (19%) of the total population practice open defecation daily translating into one out of every five people practicing it in the country according to statistics released by the Communications Consultant of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

By: Anita Arthur/


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