Rotary Club, AMA mount litter bins; urge public to be responsible

29.Jan.2019

The Accra-Ring Road Central Rotary Club in partnership with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has mounted 80 litter bins   along the Ring Road from Danquah Circle to Kwame Nkrumah Circle to curb littering in the city.

Chief Executive Officer of the AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who received the bins on behalf of the Assembly expressed appreciation to the club for the gesture and appealed to all and sundry to assist in making Accra clean.

 He noted that the Assembly was working assiduously to meet the President's vision of making Accra the Cleanest city in Africa adding that the first step taken by the Assembly was to evacuate and close all illegal dump sites within the city.

“I came to inherit more than 40 illegal refuse sites in Accra and we have cleared more than 35 of them. I have also prioritise waste management and issues of waste segregation is at the heart of what we do," he said.

He said, Accra currently has an excess capacity in relation to liquid waste and for that matter there was no excuse for anyone to dump faecal matter into the sea.

He assured that the bins would be emptied regularly and maintained to prevent any spill over and urged the public to be responsible and cultivate the habit of not littering."The only cure for litter is you," he added.

Dr Dennis Addo, President of the Club, said sanitation remain one of the core activities of the club hence the partnership.

"Rotarians believe in service above self, and that is the cornerstone and foundation of our existence as an organisation. Sanitation is indeed core to Rotary and forms part of our six areas of focus. We recognise that by joining forces, unleashing out creativity and moving from talk to action we can change our communities positively," he said.

He noted that the club was inspired by the call from the President to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa adding that "we have no doubts in our minds that such a laudable goal is achievable if we work collaboratively as citizens."

He said the gesture was the club's contribution towards the "Keep Accra Clean Campaign and appealed to the private sector , civil society organisations , Non-Governmental Organisations(NGOs) as well as individuals to support  the campaign and make Accra clean.

He also expressed his appreciation to the Rotary Club of Winston 1918, First National Bank, Ghana Free zones Authority as well as members of the Accra-Ring Road Central Rotary Club for their contribution towards the project.