Sanitation: CGA/JVL to Influence Attitudinal Change In Ghanaians

Clean Ghana Army (CGA) has envisaged that, through their collective action with the government, the media and the citizenry, Ghana’s poor state of environmental sanitation would improve.

According the goal six of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG Goal 6), there must be access to water and sanitation for all by 2030. It is for this that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced his vision of making Accra the Cleanest City in Africa by the end of his first term in Office.

CGA believes, that while government has a duty and takes the lead role in solving these sanitation problems, the citizenry as stakeholders also have a critical role to play.

On Wednesday February 7, the group visited the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda, and his team to discuss, share ideas on the National Sanitation Campaign.

According to Mr. Samuel Dantu, founder and Chairman of CGA, citizens must play their part in achieving this noble vision.

The CGA is therefore motivated to attract more Ghanaians through it’s advocacy to support the National Sanitation Campaign launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.

He explained that, in the Short-term CGA will begin its flagship project dubbed “Clean and Educate” within the Central Business District (CBDs) including lorry parks, markets and other high traffic areas to influence attitudinal change.

“We intend to use both traditional and social media as a communication tool to reach out to the citizenry,” he stated.

In the medium term, through partnerships with stakeholders within the sector, CGA intends to undertake the beautification of towns and cities through planting of trees and landscaping at identifiable open spaces.

To indicate their commitment, CGA and Jekora Ventures on Tuesday February 13. 2018, signed a Memorandum of Understanding MOU with partners and minded entities, particular the private sector to advance a common cause.

Meanwhile, Mr. Immanuel Martey-Tokoli, the Managing Director of Jekora Ventures, on has said, in most places, waste segregation entices the private sector to engage in the process to make profitable use of waste, but in Ghana it has rather become a big challenge.

He explained that, about 80% of wastes generated in the country are used for landfills instead of segregating and recycling it into productive ventures as well as to create jobs.

Mr. Martey-Tokoli, however assured that, Jekora Ventures would continue to train teachers and students to enable them implement the waste separation modules and help imbibe it in the children at an early age for easier practice.

He reiterated that, JVL would also continue to work closely with CGA by providing technical support and advisory services, in order to make the President’s dream a reality.

The Clean Ghana Army (CGA) is a Citizens Movement Organization, made up of a group of dedicated Ghanaians motivated to play their part in curbing the current sanitation challenges facing the country.  CGA intends to embark on a sensitization drive through advocacy, campaigns and clean up exercises.

It has a membership of about 500 across the country, with branches at Accra, Tema, Kumasi, Ejisu,Takoradi, and Koforidua.  CGA brings together like minded Ghanaians from all walks of life, including Bankers, Lawyers, Pastors, Public Health advocates, Accountants and Entrepreneurs to assist in curbing the  environmental damages emanating from poor sanitation and its repercussions on the economy, including the tourism industry.

On the other hand, Jekora Ventures ltd. (JV Ltd.) from a humble beginning in 2003 has provided clean services at the Odornaa main lorry park as a routine maintenance contractor with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).

With the pillars of diligence and hard work, JV Ltd distinguishes itself and expanded into solid waste collection in 2004 as a Solid Waste Contractor responsible for a number of container sites in the city of Accra. JV Ltd also obtained additional market cleaning jobs at the pedestrian Odornaa Shopping Mall and built a Water Closet (W.C.) Public Toilet facility at Teshie.

 

Source: Sammy Adjei || Ghananewsonline.com.gh

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