Clean Environment is Key to a Healthy Population – Obeng Opoku

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Pupils have been urged to keep their environment clean, stop littering and cultivate the habit of hand washing. This move according to Mr. Joseph Obeng Opoku, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Water and Sanitation would drive away diseases and grow a healthy population that would promote the socio-economic development of Ghana.

The call was made when Nana Akue Afreyie, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Kids in Tourism, led pupils from some selected schools in Accra to clean the Ministries area during the recently marked Republic Day in Ghana. The schools include God’s Gift International School, Good Vision International School, Future Stars School, New Star Preparatory School and Mega Choice Modern Education Centre, among others.

Mr. Obeng Opoku advised the pupils to conserve water and report any incidence of pipe burst to their parents for them to relay same to Ghana Water Company Limited.

On the choice of Ministries area for the clean-up exercise he said the rationale is to instill in the pupils the habit of keeping their environment clean.

Qualiplast Limited took the opportunity of the exercise to donate 30 pieces of waste bins worth Ghc 10,000 to Kids in Tourism, a Non-Governmental Organization. Its cardinal aim is to promote tourism, among pupils.

Mr. Shady Salloum, the General Manager of Qualiplast presented the waste bins to Mr. Obeng Opoku on behalf of the company.  The waste bins were received by the Chief Director of Ministry of Sanitation on behalf of Kids in Tourism.

The Deputy General Manager of Qualiplast, Joseph Aki, told in an interview that there is an urgent need to promote recycling of waste in Ghana, calling on Government, policy makers including waste management companies to promote and practice recycling of waste.

Recycling of waste according to him has economic and environmental benefit.

He paid glowing tribute to Qualiplast Limited, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts and the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) for supporting his outfit to carry out the clean-up exercise.

The programme was themed: “Environmental Sanitation, Key to Sustainable Tourism Development in Ghana.”

Source: Adovor Nutifafa




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