By: Gifty Arthur
National Coordinator of the campaign, Samuel Gakpetor presenting a bin to Awutu Senya East Assembly MCE, Michael Yaw Essuman Mensah
The Executive Chairman of JOSPONG Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyapong, has said the promise by President Akufo-Addo to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa, is being kept.
According to him, there has been improvement in the insanitary situation in Accra comparatively adding, measures being spearheaded by the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah and other from private organizations, are yielding results.
Dr Siaw Agyapong, who said this during a cleanup exercise at Kasoa in the Central Region on Saturday said, the vision of the President is a matter of having “all hands on deck”.
“The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, made the statement that by the end of his 4- year term, Accra will be the cleanest city as well as Ghana, will be the cleanest country. I will say that there is more improvement, these kinds of interventions by the Church of Pentecost, is also in line with that. There have been cleaning campaigns.
The Minister of Sanitation, Cecilia Dapaah, has been very instrumental in this moving around. About a month ago, we were at Agbogbloshie she has toured all the landfill sites all the sanitation sites we have around to Kumasi and you should how that woman is very aggressively moving towards this direction”, he said.
Dr. Siaw Agyapong
He continued, “I will say that there is improvement that is being achieved towards the President’s statement and I think that, when we continue as the Church of Pentecost is supporting and other religious bodies are joining, all hands on deck, and we are moving in that direction, I think that within the next few years, the President’s vision will be achieved. We must congratulate the President for such a bold statement and visionary statement”.
The cleanup exercise by the Church of Pentecost is being partnered by waste management giant Zoomlion Ghana, a subsidiary of the JOSPONG Group of Companies, whose Executive Chairman, Dr. Siaw Agyapong, is an elder of the church.
The initiative by the church is a year-long programme, aimed at complimenting government’s effort to rid the city of filth. The launch on Saturday at Kasoa heralds similar cleanup exercises in the church’s various Areas across the Greater Accra Region.
Dr. Siaw Agyapong, who was impressed with the initiative, lauded the church for joining in the fight against filth in the national capital.
He said, Zoomlion is at all times ready, to partner any organization or group that wants to emulate the initiative by the Church of Pentecost, to contact the company, for support and provision of logistics.
Any society or organization that needs support in terms of logistics in terms of everything, just call Zoomlion, we will be there. We have the trucks, brooms, shovels, we have everything just give us a call within the districts and everywhere, we will come and support you”.
Dr. Siaw Agyapong said the initiative by the Church to clean the national capital was a “shared responsibility” and also commended the people and traders in and around the Kasoa market for closing their shops and joining in the exercise. “I am overwhelmed about the achievement so far being made today in terms of people participating…..you could see that all shops are closed. You could see that people are cleaning and all the places are very neat; so it is an achievement.
Formerly, you might not have people participating but you could see that all the shops are closed meaning that they want the city clean and they are contributing. For them closing their shops alone, signifies that they want to support this kind of activity and that is what we are seeing now”.
He urged homes and individuals, to play their part of the vision by acquiring a waste bin to prevent littering the environment and avoid needless deaths that come as a result of diseases such as cholera and malaria.
“This country must be very beautiful than America, it must be beautiful than Dubai and we can do that once we join our hands together and this campaign by the Church of Pentecost is on-going and we are joining every month. We are everywhere cleaning in support of the President’s vision, of making Accra the cleanest city. I think that, we have started and if we continue like this, we shall get there”.
The National Coordinator of the campaign, Samuel Gakpetor, said the Church is excited about the initiative and is committed to get all it members in all the 11 Areas in the region to launch their version of the campaign to assist in cleaning the city. The programme will last for one year and is in line with the government’s promise to get the city clean.
The campaign he noted will take four phases to get the message across to the Ghanaian populace. He said, the Church would use education, especially on the pulpit, to tell members the need to keep their surroundings clean. There will also be district and zonal cleaning exercises, community base initiatives and social media campaigns.
As part of the campaign which is themed “Environmental care campaign”, Zoomlion is also donating 500 waste bins to the church’s and these bins will be fixed at vantage points within the Municipality.