Last Saturday November 1, 2014, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), organized a nationwide clean up exercise to rid the country of filth that had engulfed it.
The exercise was the first coordinated nationwide clean up exercise to be organized in the history of this country.
The Government has achieved many ‘feats’ since it assumed office in 2008 and we at The Herald, cannot but associate ourselves with this noble and innovative exercise that is aimed at reigniting the communal spirit that was the hallmark of our people.
The President, John Dramani Mahama, who is leading by example, upon his return from the United Kingdom and Denmark, instead of resting decided to pull his sleeves up and join his fellow country men and women to clean the towns and cities.
The beauty of this exercise is the fact that it is going to be a monthly exercise replicated across the country.
The exercise was marked with a semblance of work and happiness, as even chiefs, including the Asantehene, all descended into the gutters to make sure that their towns are cleared of filth.
Dirt or rubbish did not come from anywhere, it was not imported into the country, we produce it, and when we do, we dump it into any open drainage or gutter that is closer to us.
The President and all the opinion leaders can join us every month to clean our environments and towns, this first exercise has been successful, but the success of any future exercise lies in our readiness to change our attitude.
Our late Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, launched a campaign against indiscipline, it was only successful for as long as he was in office.
What we really need in this country is attitudinal change, we the citizenry are ready to blame our leaders for everything, including dirt in our communities, yet our leaders do not live there with us and could not have contributed to the rubbish that has engulfed us.
This country is all we have; we should all see it as being part of the project called Ghana. The President has demonstrated enough commitment to living a legacy, which includes a clean Ghana, we all yearn to see and achieve.
We say ayekoo, to the President, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Chiefs, Heads of various MMDAs and to the people of Ghana, for taking part in this national exercise.
Ghana deserve better and we must all join hands to make it better.