Ga Mantse leads massive Homowo clean-up campaign in Accra

 The Ga State is set to collaborate with the Ministries of Sanitation and Water Resources, Local Govern­ment, Decentralisation and Rural Development as well as the Great­er Accra Regional Coordinating Council, together with Zoomlion Ghana Limited to embark on a massive clean-up exercise of the capital city, Accra.

The initiative, dubbed the “Homowo Clean-Up Exercise,” is part of the activities lined up to mark this year’s annual Homowo festival which is celebrated among the various communities in the Ga State from June through to August every year.

Throwing his weight behind the initiative, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, the Ga Mantse, urged all chiefs and people of Ga State to fully participate in the clean-up exercises.

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

The 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 on Friday.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, assured the Ga Mantse of the sup­port from the Regional Coordinat­ing Council to ensure the success of the initiative, and promised that public education and the general sanitation concerns would be intensified during the period.

On her part, Ms 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.

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, a leading African waste management expert, will provide logistical sup­port for the exercise throughout the programme.

The participation of traditional authority in the clean-up exercise is expected to command com­munity respect and influence, highlight cultural significance, re­solve minor conflicts and promote cooperation.

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

The expected impact of the project includes reducing pollu­tion and health risks, promote tourism, reduce public health care costs, and environmental damage mitigation.

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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