The Akwatia District in the Asamankese Area of The Church of Pentecost in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited has organised a day’s seminar on sanitation for some opinion leaders, selected groups, and the community members.
The seminar was also aimed at discussing ways to rid Akwatia of filth and other environmental hazards.
Speaking at the event, the Akwatia District Minister, Pastor Samuel Edzi Davidson, explained that the Vision 2023 agenda of The Church of Pentecost challenges all people to be mindful of how they treat and preserve the environment. He stated that poor sanitation continues to hinder the development of the community.
“God created man and put him in the Garden of Eden to dress and to keep it. The Garden of Eden today is our homes, our offices, schools, churches, vegetation and water bodies and wherever we find ourselves, and so we should dress and keep it.
“Let us be mindful of the consequences of the sanitation challenges we face today. Let’s prepare to address them and declare war on filth so that we can preserve God’s creation,” he stated.
He further called on the participants to be agents of transformation by campaigning for attitudinal change among the residents towards the environment.
The Eastern Regional Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr. Joseph Boabeng, on his part, decried the increasing rate of environmental degradation in the country. “Let us take our destiny into our hands and effect the needed changes in our communities for a clean community,” he stressed.
He pledged his company’s commitment to supporting the Church’s initiative to make it a reality.
An Environmental Health Officer of the Denkyembour District Assembly, Ms. Rachael Barimah, also presented a paper on the effects of filth on the society and how to get rid of plastic waste without effects to the environment. She used the opportunity to demonstrate how to package sachet water bags for proper disposal.
The participants were drawn from the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), leadership of the Muslim community, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Ghana Health Service, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, the Denkyembour District Assembly, Market Women Association, among other identifiable groups in the municipality.
Report by Oliver Samuel Larbi.