By Edmund Smith-Asante, ACCRA
|Zoomlion workers and the children desilting a gutter.|
The clean-up exercise was organised during the first Armed Forces Fitness Challenge, an event for children of non-commissioned and commissioned officers to display their skills and abilities and to also help non-privileged children in society.
The President and Founder of AFCA Ghana, Mrs Marina Kingsley-Nyinah, stated that the event was aimed at encouraging the youth who had talents or skills to show what they could do for the country and not necessarily the Armed Forces children.
She said the aim of the clean up was to help the youth to be very conscious about personal hygiene, in order to prevent cholera outbreaks, especially cleaning and washing of hands with soap, as well as tidying their immediate environment.
In an interview, the District Operations Supervisor of Zoomlion for La Dade Kotopon, Mr Roger Boadu, said although Zoomlion Ghana had always supported institutions in clean-up exercises, they felt the need to inculcate in their corporate clients the need to also get involved and clean their surroundings.
“Sanitation is a shared responsibility and while we appeal to individuals to be more responsible in waste disposal and management, it is important to remind the city authorities to play their part by improving upon the drainage system and rigidly enforcing the bye-laws on sanitation and exerting the appropriate penalties when necessary,” he said.
Mr Boadu also said apart from the clean-up exercise, Zoomlion was embarking on different public education strategies to help people learn how to clean their environment and also stop people from littering and dumping waste indiscriminately.
This story was first published by the Daily Graphic on September 26, 2015