Aussie envoy, others help clean up Sakumono beach

Mr. Andrew Barnes (third from left) with some of the High Commission’s staff after the exercise

Mr. Andrew Barnes (third from left) with some of the High Commission’s staff after the exercise

Nshorna, an environmental non-governmental organisation, has organised a clean-up exercise at the Sakumono Beach to commemorate the International Coastal Cleaning Day.

The exercise was held in collaboration with the Australian High Commission, US Embassy, Environment 360, Zoomlion, and other stakeholders.

Among the participants was the Australian High Commissioner, Mr. Andrew Barnes.

An initiative of Nshorna, whose core mandate is to promote cleanliness of the country’s beaches, the exercise also brought together members of the communities in the vicinity who joined staff of the Australian High Commission, US Embassy and Zoomlion to sweep and pick plastics, amidst singing, along the 1.4-kilometre stretch of the beach.

In a comment, the Australian High Commissioner said clean coastlines were important for Ghana’s tourism sector and economy.

He, therefore, urged all stakeholders to play active roles in conserving the environment in order for the nation to reap the benefits therein.

The Communications Officer of Zoomlion, Mr. James Deku, who led the company’s team, told the Times that “the company, as a power house for cleaning tourist sites, are always kept clean”.

He said the company mobilised its workers and the needed logistics to support the exercise and ensure that no waste was left behind.

Mr. Deku appealed to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) with jurisdiction over the various beaches, to consider the possibility of partnering Zoomlion to provide cleaning services to help avert the health threat posed by human activities, such as open defecation and dumping of waste at the beaches.

The organisers of the event, Nshorna led by Kojo Akoto Boateng of Citifm, reiterated their commitment to ensuring that the beaches were cleaned on regular basis, to keep them tidy.

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