The Ghana Tourism ladies Club has organised a clean-up exercise at Jamestown as part of the “Year of return, Ghana 2019” progamme.
The clean-up exercise is to create awareness of the upcoming event dubbed “Jamestown to Viginia, Jamestown to Jamestown”.
In an interview with the press, Vice President, GTA Ladies Club, Mrs. Roberta Fumador said the Jamestown to Jamestown event will allow members of the African-American community to honor both their African ancestors and the struggle for Black liberation in America with a groundbreaking trek from Jamestown, Virginia to Jamestown, Accra in August.
She said the clean-up exercise is to drum home the importance of cleanliness to the socio-economic growth of the country.
“It is a huge opportunity to promote Ghana, Africa and Africa-American cultural understandings, entrepreneurship, scientific exploits and leadership. And it is also to ensure that we operate in a clean environment”.
She called for attitudinal change to help address the sanitation problems in Ghana.
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She said until Ghanaians changed their ways and collectively contribute towards the fight against poor sanitation and water issues "the country will continue to lag behind as far as this key issue and the development of the nation is concerned." She also urged the media to join in the campaign against poor sanitation.
She also urged the media to get on board to educate the public on the need of keeping the environment clean.
The “Year of return, Ghana 2019” is a spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family home and abroad to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619.
President Akufo – Addo officially declared 2019 at the United States National Press Club in Washington DC, as the year all diasporan descendants of Africa who were captured and transported into the Americas as slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries return to Ghana.
‘To Ghana, it is a year to celebrate their existence and their sacrifice, as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo said in his declaration at the United States National Press Club in Washington DC, “We know of the extraordinary achievements and contributions they [Africans in the diaspora] made to the lives of the Americans, and it is important that this symbolic year—400 years later—we commemorate their existence and their sacrifices.”