Thousands of members of The Church of Pentecost in the Achimota Area on Saturday embarked on a massive clean-up exercise as a move to rid of filth and indiscriminate waste disposal in Achimota and its environs.
The exercise formed part of the church’s social responsibility to educate its members and the Ghanaian populace on the dangers of environmental pollution and to also challenge them to become agents of environmental cleanliness.
As early as 6:00 am, members from the 21 districts of the church within the Area had converged at various locations in their respective districts to partake in the exercise.
Clad in green and white T-shirts with the campaign slogan, “Environmental Care, My Responsibility” boldly embossed at the back, the church members swept and collected loads of garbage at Achimota, Dome, Taifa, Doblo Gonno, Sarpeiman, Tantra Hill, Ofankor, Pokuase, Medie, Kotoku, Kutunse, Amasaman and Mayera. The rest include Tesano, Alogboshie, New Achimota, Kwabenya, North Taifa, Asofan, and Amanfrom. Some also desilted the choked gutters around the markets while others swept the streets.
Some of the members held placards with the inscriptions: “Litter into a Bin,” “Stop Open Defecation,” “Indecent Exposure: Keep it fully Private,” “The only place rubbish must go is into the Bin,” among others. The objective was to educate the general public on the need to keep their environs, particularly public spaces clean.
Personnel of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, waste management company, brought skip trucks and other equipment to help in the collection of the refuse. Other stakeholders who joined the five-hour clean-up exercise include chiefs, opinion leaders, assembly members, unit committee members, market queens, GPRTU Station Officers, Moslems and other stakeholders.
Prior to the clean-up exercise, all the districts within the Area held community stakeholders meeting, educational campaigns and community durbars to educate members in their respective catchment areas about the need to care for the environment.
The Area Head, Apostle David Tettey Tekper, who took part in exercise, commended the members for the good initiative. He noted that waste management has been the greatest challenge in Ghana.
He said communities are being choked with garbage which often results in environmental havoc, adding that, if only people would be cautious enough to avoid filth, the nation would be neat and free from diseases.
Apostle Tekper, therefore, advised Ghanaians to focus on cleanliness. He urged the citizenry and other organisations to emulate the communal act of The Church of Pentecost.
The Achimota Area Coordinator of The Environmental Care Campaign, Pastor Felix Dela Klutse, revealed that the exercise was expected to be done monthly at different locations within the Area.
He said that filth brings sicknesses, stressing that it was high time that open defecations and indiscriminate waste disposal in the area stopped.
Report by Pastor Felix Dela Klutse.