Aliu Mahama’s wife is grateful

Hajia Ramatu Mahama wife of the late Vice President Aliu Mahama is joined by Mr. Juluis Debrah Minister of Lcal Government and Rural Development to clean Cantoment residential area.The wife of the late Vice President, Hajia Ramatu Aliu Mahama, has commended President John Dramani Mahama for honouring his late husband with the just ended second National Sanitation Day.

She said the move was a demonstration of unity in diversity, and the placing of national interest above individual political differences.

Hajia Ramatu made these remarks when a delegation led by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Julius Debrah, stopped over at her residence at Cantonments in Accra, during his inspection tour of various communities engaged in the National Sanitation Day programme on Saturday.

The exercise marked the second edition of the National Sanitation Day which was in memory of the late Vice President,  Alhaji Aliu Mahama who devoted himself to the cause of cleanliness.

She said the family was excited, and appreciated the honour by the government and the people of Ghana.

Hajia Ramatu said the initiative meant Ghanaians still remember the commitment of her late husband, and charged the general public to get involved to sustain the day.

Mr. Debrah, expressed his appreciation of the level of commitment by the people to the exercise.

He said the day could only be sustained when Ghanaians continued the enthusiasm, and pledged the support of his ministry in aiding communities with the necessary tools and equipment to facilitate the programme.

The Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Kwadwo Agyekum, advocated the drafting of a law that would ban the movement of vehicles from 7 a.m. — 10 a.m. during the National Sanitation Days, with the exception of emergency vehicles to make the exercise effective.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie who led the military in the exercise at Burma Camp, urged Ghanaians to cultivate the habit of self-discipline to enhance development stressing, “A self disciplined person will not wait for instructions before tidying up his or her environment”.

PZ Cussons, which took part in the exercise and cleaned the Kanda cluster of schools and the Nii Tackie Tawiah Overpass stretch,  in collaboration with National Service personnel, donated liquid antiseptic among others, worth GH¢50,000, and pledged to support the exercise for the next 12 months.

The Company Secretary of Societe Generale, Angela Nana Ansah Bonsu, who also led her staff in the exercise, said it formed part of their corporate social responsibility.

She indicated that to sustain the exercise, the company had donated GH¢18,000.

The day was more than a fun-fair at Nima, as historic musical trio, VVIP and Efya mounted a stage at Alaska to entertain and feed volunteers who took part in the exercise.

Students of Achimota Basic Schools were not left out of the exercise, as they came out in their numbers to clean their surroundings.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme       

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