Views: 607 Ishmael Junourgh, Accra, August 12, 2019, Mon, 10:00 pm The Presbyterian Relief Service and Development (PRSD) has organized a cleanup exer...
Ishmael Junourgh, Accra, August 12, 2019, Mon, 10:00 pm
The Presbyterian Relief Service and Development (PRSD) has organized a cleanup exercise at Chorkor-Accra.
The people benefitted from a free health screening as well, and both activities were in line to mark the tenth-anniversary celebration of the PRSD, and to commemorate its achievements and prospects.
The relief service provider and the Presbyterian Calvary Church at Chorkor came as partners to organize the exercise.
Chorkor suburb comprising Chimoena, Alhaji and Lantey is known for its filthy and pungent-smelling gutters in the Greater Accra city, the church has a branch there, and therefore settling on the area for both the cleanup campaign and the free health screening came as no surprise, according to the Assistant Coordinator, PRSD, Sophia Nmai Okoree.
She described the exercise as holistic since it had attracted the participation of the necessary sanitation and cleanup agents including the Ghana National Fire Service, the Zoomlion, and some private sanitation experts, the Municipal Assembly as well as the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).
The rest of the participants were some members of the PCG Calvary congregation, some residents of Chorkor, some Presbyterian Church clergy, and some of the traditional leaders.
The cleanup exercise was concentrated on the choked gutters.
Sophia said the exercise would not be a one-stop show, but would be repeated from time to time until the area improved.
“Let us start like this, we will not end here,” she reiterated.
She said the residents had shown enthusiasm in the exercise, and it was a great sign that they were getting to know the implication of filthy environment to their lives.
A resident, Nii Odartey said even though there was a dumping site for the area; the people had refused to use it, and rather dumping waste into the gutters, choking them, and flooding the area during rains.
Odartey said he was not comfortable with the state of sanitation in the Chorkor area, and calling on the residents who are living closer to the gutter to play watchdog roll over them.
The head pastor-the Seventy Disciple Church, Bishop Abraham Annoh, when asked, said cleanliness was part of the pastoral calling, and as a pastor, he was impressed about the exercise and calling on the political leaders and the Municipal sanitation office to support the area.
The Coordinator of PRSD, Emmanuel Nyarko Ankamah appealed to the stakeholders to find ways of addressing the situation.
He said the cleanup exercise was to reduce diseases and to down the impact of flooding in the area.
The Programme Manager, Green Stewardship Institution (GSI) Kow Essiriw Mensah appealed to the landlords to take household toilets seriously.
He suggested to the stakeholders to embark on sanitation-solutions that were convenient to the people.