The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Okaikwei North Assembly, Hon. Boye Laryea said: “the journey is not complete and if we haven’t finished then it is not time for merrymaking, we cannot live with filth in our municipality.”
Hon. Boye continued that the Assembly’s awareness slogan for this year is ‘NO’. Say ‘NO’ to filth, people building without permit ‘NO’, dumping of rubbish into gutters ‘NO’, therefore, all the bad things in our municipality which are not acceptable we must say ‘NO’.
According to him, this day must be recognised and something good must come out of his one year in office.
The (MCE) was addressing the community at St. Charles Lwanga Parish School at Fadama Junction-Abeka, on 26 July 2019.
As part of his 1st anniversary in office, guests presents were, the Municipal Coordinating Director Mr. Samuel Amoah, Presiding Member Hon. Abdullah Nii Odai, Personal Assistant to the MCE Mr. Rexford Frimpong, Headmistress of Lwanga School Mrs. Augustina Abena Kuti, Assembly members Nii Boi IV, Abeka Manste, Nii Boi Town Mantse, Asafoaste Brenya of Abeka and staff members of Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly.
According to the MCE, people must know what he and his staff members are doing.
He shared his experience as a young boy particularly to the students present that “in my days in basic school every Monday our teachers inspects our finger nails. They check if our nails are dirty, when your teacher hits you with ruler then you will know you must keep your finger nails clean.”
He explained that it was the basic rule, which means we cannot live in filth or refuse. Now, all this routine checks in some basic schools are no more. We always talk about cleaning our environment but no one is doing anything to help.
He further said both adults and students must realized that they are joking with their future if they don’t get rid of the garbage in their surrounding areas. So he has chosen this day not to sit down, drink wine and pop champagne, rather, decided to use this day to creat awareness so that the generation before us will recognize how hazardous filth can be to us if we don’t get rid of it.
Hon. Boye again stressed that he is going to match with the basic schools to create this awareness. The Assembly invited five hundred basic schools to participate.
Most of the children in our basic schools play a lot in the sand. They get themselves dirty during school hours. The Municipal Chief Executive said, there are a lot of arrangements in place for all the basic schools. When schools resume from vacation, teachers should spend five minutes to educate the learners on personal hygiene at assembly ground. The Assembly will provide dustbins to the schools for their rubbish to be kept in.
He noted: “The Assemblies have distributed dustbins all over the country, including Okaikwei North Municipal. It is the dream of our president His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, that Ghana becomes one of the cleanest country in the world, so that people will travel from far and near to boost tourism.”
He said: “People are complaining that when they are in town they cannot find dustbins to put their rubbish in, that is why they litter anyhow. We have noticed that people are using those dustbins for their private use. The dustbins are for public usage. If they do not listen, we will advice ourselves. We will arrest those perpetrators and make them face the law.”
Again, he said: “We should all be task forces to check on each other to monitor those that will litter the city. The task force in this regard referes to all of us.”
“Look at the people in the city. How many task forces can manage them? This is why we need to join hands in the fight against littering our environment. When we all perform the role of task-forces, the perpetrators will know that we are determined to put a stop to this canker.” Hon. Boye Laryea added.
Source: GHANA / onmaonline.com