The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Julius Debrah has commended Ghanaians for their impressive participation in the first-ever National Sanitation Day exercise (NSD).
Thousands of residents stepped out of their homes on Saturday, November 1, 2014, between 6am to 9am to clean their environments as part of a renewed effort to rid the country of filth and prevent the spread of diseases.
Led by President John Mahama, his Vice, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur and the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, residents in Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) swept the streets and cleared choked drains in the three-hour exercise.
Mr. Debrah in a statement applauded the people for their participation which was also indicative of their resolve to complement the government’s efforts to improve the sanitary conditions of the country.
“The Ministry, in particular, will like to thank the President for his keen interest and the leadership in the campaign. We will also like to mention the continuous support of the Vice President and other Ministers of State.
“The Ministry will also like to acknowledge the high-level participation of the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II and to thank him for his continuous support and exemplary leadership in this national sanitation campaign.”
The statement also commended various organisations for their support in diverse ways.
“For all others including Banks which supported the campaign by extending their opening hours, keep fit clubs and those who joined by cleaning their communities, we say a big thank you.
The next NSD falls on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and will be replicated on the first Saturday of every new month.