The Environmental Service Providers Association(ESPA) is collaborating with an Accra –based radio station, Hot 93.9 FM, to implement a sanitation programme dubbed “Inter- Area Clean-up Campaign,” which seeks to get residents in Accra, especially youth groups in selected communities in the city, participate in weekly clean-up exercises.
Communities identified for the campaign are Korle Wougon-Havana, Timber Market, Chorkor- Chemuana, James Town, Bukom, Atupai, Dansoman and the Kaneshie Market Area. The rest are Fan Milk- Ablekuma, Teshie- Akowor, La Apapa, Old Abelemkpe, Yellow Signboard in Madina and Ashiaman Newtown.
In support of the campaign, the ESPA has presented a quantity of sanitation equipment to Hot FM to facilitate the smooth running of the exercise, which has already begun.
The items were made up of 200 pieces of noise masks, 150 pieces of hand gloves, 50 long brooms, 50 shovels, 20 woven baskets, 20 wheelbarrows and 25 rakes. The items are to be distributed among the communities that would take part in the clean-up exercise in their areas.
The Research Coordinator of ESPA, Mr. Dramani Yakubu, who presented the equipment on behalf of the Executive Secretary of ESPA, highlighted the need to observe good environmental sanitation practices.
HE said that annual recurrence of cholera in the country, particularly in the nation’s capital, Accra, posed a grave the health and wellbeing of the people and cannot, therefore, be ignored.
“Ensuring good sanitation is the responsibility of all, since everyone generates waste. Therefore, with the rains about to begin we need to play our roles of keeping our environment clean and healthy so well in order to not record any case of cholera this year,” he said.
He explained that the equipment donated was part of ESPA’s support for residents in the city who were the association’s major partners.
The items were received by the General Manager of Hot FM, Mr. Francis Adjei. He expressed his gratitude to the management of ESPA for collaborating with it to promote cleanliness in Accra.
He said the tools would be used for the intended purpose and added that the station was willing and ready to enter into partnership with ESPA to undertake other projects aimed at having a clean environment and to bring about improvement in the health of the people.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly have also lent their support for the exercise.
As part of the weekly clean-up exercises, the participating communities would be assessed fortnightly by a team from ESPA, Hot FM and officers from the Environmental Health Department of the various assemblies to which the participating communities belong.
Furthermore, marks will be allotted to the participating communities following assessment visits based on how well the communities have been cleaned. The five top performers among the lot would in prizes as follows: the 1st Prize winner receives GH₵10,000 and the 2nd Prize winner GH₵5,000. The winner of the 3rd Prize will take home GH₵3,000 while the 4th Prize and 5th Prize winners will pick up GH₵2,000 and GH₵1,000 respectively.