13th June 2024

King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, Ga Mantse

The Ga State, in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development and the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council, along with Zoomlion Ghana Limited, is set to embark on a massive clean-up exercise aimed at cleaning the capital city, Accra.

The initiative, dubbed the Homowo Clean-Up Exercise, is part of the activities planned to mark this year’s annual Homowo festival of the Ga people.

His Royal Majesty, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, Ga Mantse, has thrown his weight behind the initiative. He had, accordingly, called on all chiefs and people of the Ga State to fully participate in the clean-up exercises.

Support

He has also urged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to support the traditional council in carrying out the project. “Let’s get to work and get Accra clean and working again,” he emphasised.

Ga Mantse made the call when the Greater Accra Regional Minister and the Minister of Sanitation paid a courtesy call on him at the Ga Mantse palace.

For his part, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Titus Glover, assured the Ga Mantse of the support from the Regional Coordinating Council to ensure the success of the initiative.

He also promised that public education and general sanitation concerns would be intensified during this period.

For her part, Madam Lydia Seyram Alhassan, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, commended the traditional authority for taking the lead role in the initiative, adding that their influence would yield positive results.

Objectives

The objectives of the Homowo clean-up exercise include promoting a clean and green environment, enhancing public waste collection and cleansing, promoting public education and law enforcement on cleanliness, and improving public health.

Zoomlion Ghana Limited would provide logistical support for the exercise throughout the programme.

The initiative would also include sustainability sensitization, public education, sanitation awards schemes, and monthly clean-up days.

The expected impact of the project includes reducing pollution and health risks, promoting tourism, reducing public healthcare costs, and mitigating environmental damage. It is also expected to increase community pride and sense of ownership, raise awareness and public education, and improve visual appeal.

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