UDS to support fight against environment


Mr Kofi Adda, Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation

The Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye, has called for behavioural change towards sanitation in the country.

He said that efforts at addressing poor sanitation would remain a mirage if the residents failed to change their attitudes towards sanitation.

“No amount of policies and programmes can be successful and comprehensively be undertaken in improving sanitation, should we continue to litter the environment around us,” Vice-Chancellor stated.

Prof. Teye was speaking at the closing ceremony of a five-day training for environmental health and World Vision field officers in Tamale on Saturday.

The training which was organised by the UDS, in collaboration with World Vision Ghana, was meant to equip the fields officers with skills on how to ensure cleaner environments at all time.

He said, it was sad and very common to see people in high positions of trust in the communities litter their environment daily.

Prof. Teye added that even environmental health workers who are supposed to educate the people on good sanitation practices were themselves guilty of such acts and inactions.

He called on the law enforcing agencies to strictly apply sanction on defaulting residents to serve as deterrent to others.

Dr Abdulai Abubakari, deputy director, Institute for Continuing Education and Interdisciplinary Research (ICEIR) of UDS, said the fight against indiscriminate littering should not be left only in the hands of environmental health officers but all stakeholders.

He, therefore, appealed to chiefs, assembly members and opinion leaders to actively participate in the campaign against indiscriminate littering of the environment.

Dr Abubkari stated that UDS was committed to the fight against poor sanitation in the country, especially in northern Ghana and officers were being educated on sound environmental practices.

From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.

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