The African Centre for Culture, Tourism and Human Development (ACC-THUD) with the support of the La-Nkwantang Madina Municipal Assembly, has undertaken a four-hour cleanup exercise at Accra Technical Training College (ATRACO) and its environs at Madina.
The ACC-THUD is a voluntary youth platform that gathers inputs and innovative for environmental solutions.
The cleanup exercise, which forms part of the National Sanitation Day and the WASH Programme, was mainly participated by students of the college and the executive members of the Youth Forum on Environmental Sanitation (YouthFES), a sanitation youth club formed by ACC-THUD at ATRACO.
Mr Eric Adzor-Daniels, the Coordinating Director of ACC-THUD, speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said, his organisation was forming the YouthFES clubs in the tertiary and secondary schools to help create sanitation awareness in communities.
He said without the sensitization, community members would not see the essence of actively participating in sanitation exercises to prevent the spread of diseases.
Madam Margaret Asabea Anakwa, a Tutor of ATRACO said the filth in the country was caused by Ghanaians, and that, the cleanup should not be left for government to do it alone.
“We are the ones who are at risk with the poor sanitation therefore we have to be owners of our own health by ensuring that our surroundings are always clean to avoid sicknesses,” she said.
Madam Anakwa appealed to stakeholders, philanthropic organisations, religious bodies, the well-to-do in society and government to support the ACC-THUD to enable them to reach out to many communities to create awareness on sanitation.
Mr Makafui Dekutse, the Communication Officer of the ACC-THUD said environmental cleanliness and hygiene should start from homes, saying; “we should not wait till government prompts us before we act.”
He said environmental cleaning should be a daily affair and asked community members to actively get involved in voluntary sanitation exercises, which would go a long way to prevent diseases. GNA