As part of the measures to whip up public support and participation for the monthly cleaning exercise instituted by the Ministry of Local Government, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr Alfred OKo Vanderpuije on Saturday March 7, 2015 joined scores of residents to rid the city of filth.
The exercise, formed part of the monthly clean up exercise dubbed, National Sanitation Day, to encourage Ghanaians to clean their environment on the first Saturday of every month.
The MCE, together with the Deputy Minister of Greater Accra, Nii Dzamah Vanderpuije, the Coordinating Director of the AMA, Mr Sam Aryeh-Dartey, and Heads of Departments among others participated in the exercise that saw residents applauding the members of the Assembly for their participation in the exercise.
The AMA boss’ entourage, cleared the bushes along the 37 Military Hospital road to Tetteh-Quarshie road near the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and the Airport Divisional Police Command.
The entourage later joined the residents of Korle Gonno, a fishing community in the Ablekuma South Constituency to desilt drainages that have been choked for ages in the area.
The MCE’s entourage also desilted the drainages in front of the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital, and the drainage in Nima, Ring Road among others.
Speaking to the media after interacting with the residents, Dr Alfred OKo Vanderpuije, said he took the decision to lead the staff of the Assembly to participate in the exercise to motivate residents to take part in the exercise and help clean their environment.
He explained that the Assembly, was committed to providing leadership to motivate members of the general public to accept the exercise as national exercise devoid of partisanship.
He said, the Assembly was committed to providing logistics to residents in the catchment areas of the Assembly to enable them develop the attitude of self responsibility.
He said cleanliness was a collective responsibility and the Assembly would not relent in assisting residents with logistics to clean their environment and ensure a healthy living in the metropolis.
He noted that the government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has provided leadership with the introduction of the National Sanitation Day exercise to motivate citizens to change attitudes towards cleanliness.
On his part, the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, posited that the government would continue to educate the masses to embrace the monthly clean up exercise as one of the national day exercises for ensuring cleaner environment.
He said, the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), would very soon roll out an awareness campaign to educate the citizens to come out to work on the day of National Sanitation exercise.
He expressed his satisfaction with the high turn out and said Ghanaians are gradually embracing the exercise.
He commended the residents of Korle Gonno for the level of patronage of the exercise, and in Airport, Ring Road areas for the massive turn out for the exercise