The Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) in collaboration with the Ghana Independent Broadcasters’ Association (GIBA) on Saturday, 25th July, 2015 undertook a “walk and clean” exercise in Accra.
The six-hour clean-up exercise was organized to sensitize the general public to cultivate the habit of proper environmental sanitation practices. The exercise started around 7a.m from the fore-court of Joy FM through to Adabraka Sahara Park. The exercise brought on board personnel from the various media houses, solid waste contractors and their staff, ESPA secretariat staff, informal solid waste collectors, representatives of Accra Hearts of Oak football club’s “Die Hard Supporters Union”, individual volunteers and personnel from the Ghana Police Service to grace the exercise.
The participants cleaned the principal streets from Kokomlemle through to Adabraka, desilting of gutters and the collection of gathered debris into trucks. Whiles the walk and the clean- up exercise continued, some resident took advantage of that to dump their refuse into the trucks that were participating in the exercise.
Equipment’s used in support of these exercise were all provided by ESPA members and included: 8 compactor trucks, 8 Motor Kings, 3 Bola Taxis, 25 pieces of shovels, 150 pieces of hand gloves, 150 pieces of Nose mask, 50 pieces of Ali brooms, 10 wheel barrows and 20 pieces of rakes.
Speaking to the media after the exercise, the Executive Secretary of ESPA, Mrs. Ama Ofori-Antwi spoke on the need for proper environmental sanitation practices in Ghana. She encouraged all Ghanaians to take sanitation issues seriously as the negative impact of poor sanitation is grave. She added that, Ghanaians shouldn’t wait to clean their environment only on National Sanitation Day, but rather make it a habit to always keep their surroundings clean.
The walk and clean exercise came to an end with a general public education of residents at Adabraka Sahara Park on the need to adopt good environmental sanitation practices to help minimize sanitation related illnesses and flood disasters.