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30.03.2009 Regional News

ESPA launches clean-up exercise in Tema

By Richard Attenkah, Tema - Ghanaian Chronicle
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The Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) in collaboration with Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has launched a programme to clean parts of the Tema region as part of the President's “Keep Ghana Clean” campaign.

The exercise, which is expected to take place on March 28, this year, will start at exactly 5:00 am and end as soon as the team completes with cleaning of Communities nine (9) (no man's land), one (market area) and the Kakasonanka area.

Briefing a section of the Tema press at the TMA Conference Hall on last Wednesday, the Chairman of ESPA, Capt. Frederick Amoh Twum (Rtd.) disclosed that the association has decided to take on such a task due to its eagerness to help in cleaning the country.

According to him, the spate at which people are littering the country was a huge problem, which ought to be looked at thoroughly, and that was why they have agreed to work together with TMA to bring sanity to the Tema region.

He continued that basically their focus is on Accra and Kumasi, but as an association they thought it wise that Tema is an area which generates major resources, and must therefore be assisted.

Capt. Amoh Twum stated that the major ingredient needed to implement the exercise was the corporation of the general public, adding that the practice of throwing rubbish about should be stopped.

The Coordinating Director of TMA, Mr. Kwaku Akpotorsu disclosed that almost all the gutters in the Tema region are chocked as a result of our own unfortunate actions or practices, adding “We generate the filth but we care less about its collection”.

He continued that the Assembly had made provisions in the form of dustbins in the market, but instead, people put their refuse on the floor right by the bins.

Mr. Akpotorsu said that everybody must pay for the refuse they generate because until we start paying for them, we will still be saddled with the filth.

He hinted that the Assembly had already started in their small way by educating the public on the effects of the filth through the Assembly members.

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