The Environmental Services Providers Association (ESPA) on Tuesday 28th April, 2015 presented sanitation equipment worth about GH¢5,000.00 to facilitate the Inter Area Clean-up Campaign, an initiative of ESPA and Hot 93.9 FM to get stakeholders, especially youth groups in selected communities in Accra to mobilise community members to participate in weekly cleanup exercises.
Some of the items presented included 200 pieces of nose masks, 150 pieces of hand gloves, 50 long brooms, 50 pieces of shovels, 20 pieces of local baskets, 20 wheel barrows and 25 pieces of rake. The items are to be distributed amongst the participating communities in the cleaning exercise to facilitate their work.
Presenting the equipment on behalf of the Executive Secretary of ESPA, the Research Coordinator, Mr. Dramani Yakubu highlighted the need for all Ghanaians to observe good environmental sanitation and hygiene practices. He cited the annual ritual of cholera outbreaks in the country as a key challenge the nation cannot ignore. Mr Yakubu noted that, sanitation is the responsibility of every individual, since everyone generate waste. As such, we all need to play our individual and collective roles to keep our environment clean and healthy so that we do not record any cholera case this year when the rains set in.
According to Mr Yakubu, this equipment was part of ESPA’s role as an environmental service provider to maintain an active collaborative stakeholder relationship with all organisations interested in promoting good environmental sanitation and hygiene in our communities and the nation as a whole.
Receiving the items, the General Manager for Hot FM, Mr. Francis K. Adjei, expressed his profound gratitude to the management of ESPA, for their partnership and support to promote cleanliness in some identified communities with sanitation challenges and assured that the tools will be put to the use for which they were intended. He also assured ESPA of their willingness to partner with the association in any respect to promote good sanitation and hygiene practices.
Other partners in the Inter Area Clean-up Campaign are: the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. The participating communities in the clean-up campaign include: Korle Worgon- Havana, Timber Market, Chorkor- Chemuana, James Town, Bukom, Atupai, Dansoman, and Kaneshie Market. The rest are: Fan Milk- Ablekuma, Teshie– Akowor, La Apapa, Old Abelemkpe, Yellow Signboard Madina and Ashiama New Town.
As part of the weekly cleaning-up exercises, the participating communities will be monitored fortnightly by a team from ESPA, Hot FM and Environmental Health Officers from the assemblies of the participating communities. Further, marks will be awarded to each participating community during the monitoring visits according to how clean they are keeping their community and prizes will be awarded to the top five performers.
The prizes are as follows:
1st prize Gh¢10,000
2nd prize Gh¢5,000
3rd prize Gh¢3,000
4th prize Gh¢2,000.
5th prize Gh¢1,000.
ESPA will like to use this opportunity to invite all companies and stakeholder interested in sanitation and environmental services provision in general to join and partner her to provide a clean and healthy environment for all Ghanaians.