Former President Jerry John Rawlings has expressed disappointment that though many are currently obtaining higher educational laurels than pertained in the past, they seem unable to apply the knowledge and intelligence into a good sense of responsibility for their environment.
In the past, the former President stated, people with very limited education conducted themselves in a more responsible manner and protected the environment through clean sanitation habits.
The former President who was speaking at the launch of the ‘Clean Adabraka’ sanitation campaign on Saturday, said poor sanitation habits stifle development.
“If we do not improve our sanitation habits we will never develop. There will be new street lights, roads and drains but we will dump refuse in the new drains and slow down our development,” former President Rawlings intimated.
Linking the situation to the conduct of Jesus Christ, the former President said though Christ had limited education he conducted himself in a very cultured, responsible, compassionate and caring manner.
“Our social sense of responsibility has deteriorated and Jesus Christ would surpass us with our so-called degrees and academic qualifications,” he said.
Nii Adjei Sowah with Dr Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings
The former President also stated that sanitation and health issues are beyond partisanship and called on everyone in society to join forces to ensure a clean environment.
Poor sanitation, Flt Lt Rawlings indicated, was a reflection of a corrupt environment, with the indiscriminate dumping of refuse and other poor sanitation habits an indication of the impunity and irresponsibility that corruptions breeds.
Flt Lt Rawlings said during his youthful days in Adabraka, any hint of litter discovered near your home led to your being charged for littering even if you were not personally responsible for it. He during those days the beaches right from Chorkor through Labadi to the Volta Region were all so clean and beautiful and were fun to play and swim in. It was unheard of to defecate at such beaches. “You’d be arrested immediately,” he stated.
President Rawlings in a warm handshake with Nii Tetteh Adjabeng II
Former President Rawlings called on Ghanaians to go back to treating themselves with dignity in a very cultured way and adopt of a sense of positive self-respect. He called on all to support traditional authorities, municipal and district chief executives, assemblymen and sanitation inspectors so the city of Accra could return to its previously clean environment.
The former President commended the Adabraka Atukpai Mantse, Nii Tetteh Adjabeng II, for his initiative to institute a sanitation campaign and thanked the Graphic Communications Group, Jekora Ventures and Toyota Ghana for supporting the campaign.
The campaign will involve a regular clean-up campaign in the community, education and an enforcement drive.
Other speakers at the event were the Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings and the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Authority, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah.