By Gifty Arthur
The giant waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana, last Saturday joined the Ga South Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region, as part of the National Sanitation Day, to clean the catchment area.
The exercise observed last week across the country, was in memory of the over 150 victims, who lost their lives in last year June 3 twin disaster.
As early as 6AM, workers, officials from Zoomlion Ghana Limited and those from the Assembly, gathered in parts of the municipality, to partake in the once a month programme.
Others who joined in the programme, were security personnel, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), volunteers and inhabitants, including drivers, hawkers etc.
Similar activities were reciprocated in the entire region, including Tema, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Sakumono, Madina, and the country as a whole with the company playing critical roles, such as the provision of personnel, equipment and materials for the exercise.
Some of the logistics and materials at the disposal of cleaners were brooms, trucks, gloves, wheelbarrows, cutlasses, shovels among others.
There was massive desilment of drains, weeding and collection of new and old refuse in the municipality.
Last week’s exercise, will go a long to prevent flooding, especially as the rains set in.
Speaking to The Herald at the Mallam Junction area where a section of the volunteers and personnel were busily seen exercising their civic responsibility, Communication Officer of Zoomlion, Adams Mahama Mohammed, noted that the programme was largely successful, adding the contribution and commitment by residents was very impressive.
“In fact, this is the first time I have seen a lot of people coming from the community to support the exercise and I will encourage them to keep it up”, he said.
He noted,“Also, don’t wait until the national sanitation day before you start cleaning your surroundings. I think it should be a daily ritual and then the national sanitation day will be the national one.
He said, keeping the environment clean was a shared responsibility as has been trumpeted over the year and so everyone needs to take up the challenge, and be cautious of their environment so that diseases and disasters could be prevented.
Mahama Mohammed, charged Ghanaians to always clean their environment even before the national exercise so that, the calamity that befell the nation, especially last year, does not happen again.
He reiterated calls by his outfit to the various assemblies to implement their bi-laws to deal drastically with people who litter, openly defecate,
dump refuse indiscriminately, to serve as a deterrent
“But in your own small way you should be able to tidy your area before the national sanitation day comes, so that the work will even be easier for us”, he recommended.
He charged Ghanaians to always clean their environment even before the national exercise so that the calamity that befell the nation, especially last year, does not happen again.
The National Sanitation Day exercise was proposed by President John Dramani Mahama to rid the cities and towns of filt.
Though it has been applauded, it is not backed by law and so over the period, a section of the public has been indifferent even as it serves their interest best.
It is held every first Saturday of the month nationwide and consistently, Zoomlion, has partnered the various assemblies with personnel and logistics to observe it nationwide.