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Regional News | Dec 13, 2004

Filth Problem in Ghana Can Be Solved

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As part of activities to address the problem of filth, which is a major issue and threat to health in Ghana, the Youth in Excellence (YES) has embarked on a programme to fight the menace in Accra.

YES is an organization mainly made up of Senior Secondary School graduates, who have come together to render free tuition services to Junior Secondary School students, Primary and Kindergarten pupils.

Speaking at the launch, Nana Frimpomaa, President of Caring Kids International, said YES, in partnership with corporate Ghana, seeks to bring lasting solution, not only to the problem of students who have to spend one year at home for lack of admission into higher institutions, but also to the menace of filth and sanitation confronting the nation.

Nana Frimpomaa the second, who is also the Dwentoa Hemaa of Dormaa Ahenkro, told the kids involved in the programme that "as future leaders of Ghana, you must take up the mantle and responsibility of solving the problems that confront you today if you are to be effective leaders of tomorrow".

She further noted that problems confronting the youth could be solved not by government alone, adding that under the YES programme, there will be exchange of money for cans and plastic products which litter the environment, to be collected and returned to the companies for recycling.

Nana disclosed that YES has been urging companies producing such products, to put some value on their trash so that the children will be motivated to collect them in exchange for books and computers for their schools.

She stressed that the benefit of the programme was enormous and will immediately make use of the energy of the youth as a necessary resource in nation building.

She urged Ghanaians in general to help sort out trash for recycling or for proper disposal, pointing out that "this is done in every serious developed country".

Nana said contacts have been made with a recycling company which has agreed to buy all plastic waste in the country for recycling.

After Friday's launch, YES embarked on a cleanup exercise at the James town beach.

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