The Amansan Television (ATV) sanitation campaign, christened Stop the Filth Now, has reached Elmina, Central Region, to educate residents on the need to keep their environs clean.
The clean-up exercise saw residents of Bantuma in Elmina come out in large numbers to help make the programme a success.
As early as 6:00 a.m., residents had gathered at the dumpsite with their cleaning tools.
These included rakes, shovels, brooms, shovels, cutlasses amongst others.
The Stop the Filth Now forms part of ATV’s campaign to help promote a clean Ghana.
Activities started with the sweeping of the area where later a bulldozer, which was facilitated by Groupe Nduom (GN) Industrial Plane comprising companies including Yorke Properties (YP), GN Concrete Products, FreshPak came in to move the heavy pile of rubbish littered around the place.
There were, however, a few incidents, which angered participants during the exercise. One of such incidents involved a young boy who had been sent by his mother to dump solid waste at the site, which was caught on camera.
And that incurred the anger of the residents present.
In an interview with Today some of the residents in the community complained about the lack of KVIPs in the community.
That, they bemoaned, compels them to use the place as a place of convenience.
They also charged Zoomlion to try and empty the containers as early as possible whenever they are full to help prevent them from dumping solid waste refuse on the ground.
The Zoomlion Assistant Monitoring Officer for Komenda Edna Eguafo Abirem (KEEA), Veronica Muller Mills, was there with a team from her outfit.
Also present were the Managers of Ocean1 TV and Ahomka FM. Nana Asare Tuffour who is the Sanitation Prefect was the lead person of the clean-up. He charged the market women who are located not far from the site to take charge of the community and prevent indiscriminate dumping of refuse and human waste.
For his part, Channel Manager for ATV, Michael Kunke, was grateful to Groupe Nduom and Zoomlion for supporting the project.
He hinted that the exercise would be replicated in some selected communities across the country, insisting that the “long-term aim is to be able to cause an attitudinal change amongst Ghanaians.
He also charged the various assemblies to see to the implementation and enforcement of the sanitation bye-laws to curtail the alarming rate at which filth was engulfing the country.
The former Progressive People’s Party (PPP) parliamentary candidate for KEEA in 2016, John Sterlin, who was present, donated some sachet water and cleaning implements towards the exercise.
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