Asamankese (E/R), May 18, GNA – The Chief of Asamankese, Osabarima Adu Darko, III, has called on Ghanaians to use public holidays to clean their communities to help improve the sanitation.
He said the country was getting to a stage where communities and individuals needed to devote great amount of efforts and resources to keep the environment clean.
The Chief made the call when he joined the Asamankese District of the Church of Pentecost to launch an Environmental Care Campaign under the theme, “My Environment, My Responsibility”, at the James McKeon Memorial Temple at Asamankese in the West Akim Municipality of the Eastern Region.
The programme, organized by the Church of Pentecost, brought together about 2,000 people from 27 branches of the church, staff of the Municipal Assembly, Heads of Department, staff of transport unions in the Municipality, National Disaster Management Organization(NADMO), Zoomlion, Health and Education Directorate, traders, workers and representatives of some civil society organizations.
The exercise involved the sweeping of the lorry park, the market place, the streets and desilting of gutters.
Trees were also planted at the site of the new district headquarters of the church.
Osabarima Adu Darko said littering, throwing of garbage into gutters and open defecation were signs of gross indiscipline and advised the citizenry to refrain from such acts.
The Traditional Leader pledged the support of the people of Asamankese to help improve their life-styles and enhance the socio-economic progress of the country.
Rev. Ekow Eshun, Area Head of the Church of Pentecost called for efforts to resolve the various socio-cultural, economic and traditional factors that made people to create filth carelessly.
The Area Head told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after the exercise that the programme was part of the church’s strategic plan to encourage the people in and outside the church to become more aware of their civic responsibilities and be assertive.
He called on Christian youth in the country to guard against immoral behaviour and persistent acts of indiscipline, since that could compromise their future.