The Managing Director of the Upper East Regional Branch of the Zoomlion Ghana Limited, John Sackey has cautioned parents to desist from giving household waste materials to children and physically challenged persons for disposal in their waste containers.
The behavior Mr. Sackey bemoaned as a contributory factor to the ever-growing littering of the environment in the region and called for a change of attitude to nip the menace in the bud.
Mr. Sackey disclosed this in Bolgatanga during the disinfection of some markets by Zoomlion Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of local government and rural development.
“What parents still do is, they will be in their rooms and ask a child or a physically challenged person to go and waste materials at a nearby refuse dump container knowing very well that, the child or the person in question is not tall or mentally sound to put the waste inside the container.
In fact, some children will even throw the refuse(waste) in the gutter or any place that they think people are not watching them. This is all contributing to the sanitation menace we have in our environment.”
Mr. Sackey, however, entreated the public to take sanitation responsibilities seriously to avert contracting diseases resulting from poor sanitation.
“As humans, we have the power to control whatever we think is hindering our growth. And as we all are talking about this strange virus, if we begin cleaning our surroundings and workplaces, the spread of it will be minimized. I always believe that, as humans we have the power to do and undo things. So, let us come together and do away with the littering as it is a canker that can cause us more harm if taken lightly.”
For his part, the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive, Joseph Amiyuure Atura cautioned the public to improve upon their hygiene situation in the midst of COVID-19.
“The need to improve upon our hygiene situation in the midst of COVID-19 cannot be over-emphasized. Personal hygiene is the surest way to take our destiny into our hands and that must be our guiding principle.
This exercise will go a long way to help us as residents in the region and I’m happy it is a successful one. I’m assuring you all here that, the assembly will not relax on its efforts to crack the whip on a person or persons found littering the environment.”
The exercise was in response to a directive by government to all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana to conduct a phase two cleanup exercise of market squares, streets, lorry stations and other public places to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.