Let's make Tema a clean and safe place

By Alexander Nyarko
Yeboah, GNA

Tema, Sept. 21, – Mr.
Isaac Ashai Odamtten,  Chief
Executive,  Tema Metropolitan Assembly
(TMA), has called on religious leaders to use the pulpit to preach peace,
togetherness and cleanliness.

He was speaking
during a clean-up campaign organized by the Tema Ministers Organization (TMO),
on Wednesday.

The meeting, which
was held at the forecourt of the TMA, was on the theme, “Clean city, clean
talk, clean elections.”

Mr Odamtten observed
that the pulpit was the strongest tool for peace and that if properly used
would take away all fear from the upcoming general elections in Ghana.

He applauded the
intervention of the church which, to him, has been progressive in creating
peace in Ghana addiing, “But for the church, the situation could have been
worse.”

Mr. Daniel Titus
Glover, the Member of Parliament for Tema East, lamented at the attitude of
most dwellers of the city saying “they make refuse and dump them in drains
expecting others to clean for them.”

He called on the
Metropolitan authorities to ensure that perpetrators are dealt with and that
people are told to do the right thing.

Mr. Glover called on
the Electoral Commission to ensure neutrality and fairness in the coming
elections.

“This is the surest
way to avoid violence in this year’s general elections,” he said.

He again called on
the security agencies not only to protect the Presidency and its appiintees,
but to give equal security to all concerned during the elections.

He admonished
against the politics of insults which, to him, was the panacea for chaos and
violence.

Rev. David
Nagbemado, Senior Pastor, Community Four Assemblies of God Church, and
President of the Tema Ministers Organization, 
asked for transparency “and no hidden agenda during this year’s elections.”

“The choice is ours
and that shouldn’t bring us any trouble. It’s God who chooses and man votes,”
he observed.

He encouraged his
fellow ministers to speak the truth at all times.

He indicated that
God is Holy and his followers must be holy and clean.

He therefore asked
Christians to help Tema become the well-planned and clean city it used to be.

He urged
parishioners to maintain a clean environment by setting up environmental
committees in their churches to monitor cleaning activities in and around their
local assemblies.

He admonished the
TMA to encourage pre sorting of refuse into organic and inorganic compartments
to ensure that the waste materials could be recycled and properly managed.

Asafoatseh Nii
Kakradawu III, a representative of the Tema Traditional Council, advised
Ghanaians to be ambassadors of peace to themselves before, during and after the
general elections.  

“Let’s prove to
ourselves that we are preaching peace for our neighbours to know who we are,” he
demanded.

ASP Cliff Ayeh Ofei, a representative of the
Tema Regional Police Commander, hinted that during elections people create
problems, but that the Ghana Police Service has been on top of issues since the
dawn of the 1992 constitutional era.

He therefore assured
that “nothing or nobody would destroy the peace and security we are
enjoying as Ghanaians because the security agencies are firmly on the
ground.                                   

GNA

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