THE MINISTRY of Sanitation and Water Resources, in conjunction with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and ESPA, has started three-day simultaneous clean-up exercises in the Accra and the Kumasi metropolises are aimed at ensuring that lorry stations, market centres, and streets among other public places of the central business districts of these two major cities are clean and hygienic.
They are also to utilize the lockdown period to ensure effective cleaning and cleansing of the cities in support of the fight against the spread of the covid-19 disease.
Earlier before the beginning of the exercise, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, in a brief address, explained that the exercise formed part of the central government’s plan to keep the two cities clean.
She urged Ghanaians to take personal hygiene seriously in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We must equally weed and clean our surroundings to ensure that we stay healthy all the time,” she advised.
Again, Mrs Dapaah urged Ghanaians to refrain from the littering gutters, warning that the “full rigours of the law will be hard on offenders”.
She seized the opportunity to thank Zoomlion Ghana Limied, Uniliver Ghana Limited and Ghana Water Company Limited for making various donations towards the exercises.
She thanked the various security agencies — Army, Air Force, Prisons, Fire Service and Navy — for deploying personnel to help in the three-day exercises.
For his part, the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, said the clean-up exercise in the capital city involved de-silting of gutters, collection of refuse and disposing it of, and emptying all litter bins on the streets of Accra.
However, he averred that the city authorities would enforce sanitation bye-laws to ensure that Accra was always clean.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, called on Ghanaians to be united to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
He assured the public that his ministry also was leaving nothing to chance to ensure that funds were readily available to fight the pandemic.
Waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, is providing massive support for the exercises.
The company has deployed some of its mechanical street sweepers, and excavators among other heavy duty waste management vehicles to support the cleaning of Accra.
The company has also made available 115 of its staff members, loads of wheelburrows, shovels and brooms to assist in the exercises.
The company had earlier donated 10,000 pieces of hand sanitizers and 5,000 nose masks, which gesture was highly applauded by the sanitation minister.
There were also donations from Uniliver and Ghana Water Company Limited.