General News of Sunday, 29 June 2014
The Aliu Mahama Foundation is proposing to government to declare July 1, National Clean-up Day.
The Executive Director of the Aliu Mahama Foundation, Dr. S. K. Frimpong made the suggestion in a press statement copied to Citi News.
He was convinced that declaring every July 1st a National Clean-up Day could help clear the filth which has engulfed the nation’s major cities.
“A large portion of our cities, towns and villages are covered with waste that we create by ourselves: this filth which range from all colours, shapes and sizes of polythene products to gross dumping of refuse at odd places can be seen at almost every corner both far and near,” he said.
According to him, “Ghana is one of the most remarkable countries in Africa. As a nation, we were able to liberate ourselves of colonial rule and became a sovereign state to be governed by ourselves: this is a remarkable achievement in Africa and worth celebrating; but we have failed to address a major concern of our society, cleanliness.”
Dr. Frimpong insisted that Ghanaians must take full responsibility of keeping Ghana clean, hence the need to celebrate the nation’s sovereignty by clearing the debris piled up in various parts of the country.
“This would afford us to the opportunity to live in a cleaner country, reduce the perennial problem of flooding, decrease the likelihood of an outbreak of diseases and provide a platform where we can fraternize and socialize with our neighbours in the community,” he said.
Dr. Frimpong called on waste management companies to make available their personnel and equipment to make the exercise successful if reasons with the Foundation’s proposal.