Kwamina Tandoh, GNA
Sakumono (GAR), Sept. 22, GNA – The US Embassy
in collaboration with Conservation Alliance and the Mandela Washington
Fellowship fellows had held a clean-up exercise at the Titanic Beach in
The exercise was to help reduce the filth,
which had engulfed the beach, creating breeding grounds for communicable
diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery and malaria.
The exercise attracted some staff of the
Embassy, Conservation Alliance, some youth of the community and fellows and
beneficiaries of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) programme, drawn
from the 10 regions.
The volunteers engaged in sweeping and
clearing of refuse, mostly used polyethylene and plastic waste.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship begun in
2014 as a flagship programme of the YALI Network that provides virtual
resources and vibrant physical spaces to equip young African leaders with the
skills and connections they need to foster change in their communities and
their countries by attending a conference in the US for six weeks
Mr Daniel Fennell, Public Affairs Counsellor
of the Embassy in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the rationale
for undertaking the exercise is based on the objectives of bringing
environmental health relief to the community, and also to encourage the local
assembly to involve the community in the provision volunteer services to
He expressed the hope that the inhabitants
especially the youth along the shores would be educated to the negative effects
of polluting or degrading the environment.
Mr Fennell expects that the community is
sensitised against indiscriminate defecation and dumping of refuse around the
Ms Henrietta Asiedu, Public Relations and
Communication Director of Conservation Alliance, called on Ghanaians to have a
proper attitudinal attitude towards waste to have a better environment to live
She said the beach when kept well would offer
a serene of atmosphere for relaxation and the release of stress after a hard
day’s work which would improve tourism.
Ms Sarah F. Shabbir, Cultural Attached, US
Embassy urged the youth to cease the opportunity to join the YALI by applying
for the 2017 YALI programme, which opened on Wednesday September, 21.
Mr Prosper Ahmed Amuquandoh, Inspector in
charge of Electricity and Renewable Energy at the Ghana Energy Commission was
part of the 40 fellows from Ghana at the 2016 season.
The fellows spent six weeks in US universities
to acquire leadership skills.
In 2017, the Fellowship would provide up to
1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to
hone their skills at a US university with support for professional development
after they return home.