The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Collins Dauda, yesterday presented a number of sanitation equipment to members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Kasoa in the Central Region.
The items were to support the effort of the church to clean up the Kasoa community on the last Sunday of every month preceding the National Sanitation Day (NSD).
The items included 10 wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, wellington boots, some long brooms and 20 boxes of nose masks.
Members of the church swept, cleared choked drains and collected heaps of rubbish that were scattered along the market and the main road.
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They also held placards with inscriptions such as, “I love Ghana, keep it clean” “Cleanliness is Godliness”, “Dirt kills, kill dirt now” and “Sanitise your hands after handshake” among others to raise awareness of the need to keep the environment and the country clean.
Presenting the items, Mr Dauda lauded the Adventists for showing commitment towards the national exercise.
He said though the sanitation day was marked every first Saturday of every month, he was appreciative of the fact that the Adventists joined the national exercise by marking the event on every Sunday preceding the national event as a show of patriotism and support.
He urged other organisations and the public to join the exercise, adding that the government placed premium on the sanitation day.
On the benefits of the NSD, Mr Dauda said there were numerous benefits in partaking in the exercise, adding, “We can have our cities clean when every Ghanaian embraces the idea”.
Additionally, he said the target of the government was not to ensure a one-day event but to use it as a sensitisation exercise where everybody would be conscious of the need to ensure clean environment .
Concerning the rains, Mr Duada cautioned Ghanaians to be mindful of how watercourses were kept, adding, “If they get choked, we have floods on our hands and that can claim lives and destroy property.”
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to join hands with the government to keep the city clean.
On the upcoming sixth NSD exercise, a Deputy Minister of the ministry, Mr Emmanuel Agyekum, said the event would be held in the Eastern Region and urged all metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the country to champion the cause of the national exercise.
The Chairman of the Adventist Sanitation Committee at Kasoa, retired Pastor Emmanuel Abbey, commended the ministry for championing the cause of sanitation in the country.
He advised the public to desist from the indiscriminate dumping of waste in order to preserve the environment and keep the country clean.