ALHAJI Collins Dauda, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development has hinted that regional coordinating councils (RCCs) in the regional capitals will soon take over the national sanitation exercise.
The move, he said, was to deepen the understanding of the concept to enhance cleanliness in communities and added that the RCC would collaborate with district assemblies and unit committees to achieve that result
Alhaji Dauda said this in an interview with The Ghanaian Times on Wednesday when Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) presented sanitary equipment to the ministry.
The equipment included 25 wheelbarrows, 30 shovels, 80 brooms and 15 Wellington boots, 50 rakes and 100 MTN shirts.
Alhaji Dauda thanked the MTN for the gesture saying, ‘It came at the right time’.
Mrs. Cynthia Lumor Prah, Corporate Social Executive, MTN, said good sanitation prevents infectious diseases, reduces poverty and hunger.
“MTN as a good corporate citizen is committed to the socio-economic development of the nation. In this regard, we will endeavour to support worthy causes that promote national development,” she added.
She said MTN recognised the importance of the various assemblies because it operated in the communities.
Since its establishment in 2007, the foundation she said had invested GH¢19.5 million in about 90 projects in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
The national sanitation exercise was initiated by the Local Government ministry to ensure a clean environment so as to prevent diseases such as cholera, dysentery and other communicable diseases.
It aimed at inculcating the habit of good neighbourliness through communal duties such as tidying and cleaning one’s environment.
The exercise has gained prominence since its inception in 2014, as President John Mahama, his vice, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives continued to take active part in it.
The next exercise will take place in the Brong-Ahafo Region on Saturday, September
By Malik Sullemana