The ‘Let’s Make Accra Work’ campaign launched recently by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, has kick-started with a massive clean up exercise.
The clean up operation, which was carried out concurrently in four constituencies – Ayawaso Central, North, East, and West-Wuogon – was completed on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
Personnel from the Ghana Army, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service (GPS), and Ghana Immigration Service were all involved (GIS).
The rest were from the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), and Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a waste management company.
The exercise began at 6:00 a.m. from Kawukudi in the Ayawaso Central municipality, where military and police personnel, as well as Zoomlion employees, desilted clogged gutters and swept the shoulders of the streets in the area.
From Kawukudi, the clean up team moved to Paloma (also in the same municipality) to ensure that gutters in the area were cleared of any blockade(s) to allow water to flow freely.
Speaking to the press, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Quartey, was full of praise for the various security agencies that took part in the exercise.
He however warned that the assemblies will not hesitate to fine citizens caught dumping refuse into gutters and drains.
He admitted that the fight to make the national capital clean is a herculean task, adding that he’ll work with “iron fist to make sure it works.”
Mr. Quartey, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso Central further disclosed that over 850 personnel have been assigned to clean the city daily.
This move, he indicated, was to prevent a recurrence of the June 3rd flood disaster.
The regional minister also thanked President Nana Akufo-Addo for reposing confidence in him to steer affairs of the Greater Accra Region.
“I also commend every person who participated to ensure the success of this clean up exercise, adding that we will be embarking on this exercise every two weeks,” he said.
The Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Dan Kwaku Botwe, who was also present, affirmed his support for the project, assuring that it will not be a flash in the pan.
According to him, his ministry will support engineers to see to it that the clean Accra project is successful and inures to the benefit of the citizenry.
The Greater Accra Regional NADMO Director, Mr. Archbold Cobbinah also applauded the efforts of the regional minister.
He indicated that NADMO is also working hard to make sure all the gutters in the city were cleared, especially in flood-prone areas.