The National Northern Students Union (NNSU) in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited on Saturday undertook a clean up exercise at Bamahu, a village in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region.
The exercise which forms part of the Union’s action plan for the region was aimed at exposing members of the community to the importance of maintaining a clean environment through frequent clean up exercises.
Participants were students from the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa Senior High and Technical Schools as well as staff of Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
Addressing the participants after the exercise at the Chief’s Palace, Mr. Abdulai Issahaku, Zoomlion’s Municipal Operations Supervisor said environmental cleanliness was everybody’s business and advised members of the community to learn to dispose their waste responsibly.
He assured the people that Zoomlion would station some of its staff in the community and appeal to them to cooperate with them so that they could assist in keeping the community free from filth.
Mr. Issahaku said Zoomlion would provide the community with communal waste containers and urged them to dump all waste inside and avoid littering around.
Mr. Kipo Abdul Karim, NNSU National Secretary thanked the participants for turning out for the exercise and said it was the beginning of many more important things to come.
He urged the SHS Students to replicate the exercise in their various schools, adding that the Union would organise vacation classes for them as part of its contribution towards raising educational standards in the region.
Ms. Alemiya Patricia, NNSU Ladies Commissioner stressed the need for female students to actively participate in clean up exercises, noting that it would help them keep their homes clean.
Mr. Yahaya Abdul-Hakeem, Upper West Regional Coordinator of NNSU, appealed to the community to make cleaning of their environment a daily affair, advising that they should not wait to be engulfed with filth before they embark on clean up exercises.
Master Sumani Sulemani, a student of Wa Senior High Technical School, appealed to Zoomlion to provide second cycle institutions with waste management bins to enable them dispose off their waste appropriately.
Naa Adama Abudu, Chief of Bamahu, expressed his gratitude to NNSU, Zoomlion and the students for embarking on the exercise and urged them to extend it to other parts of the Municipality.
He said their action was indeed a wake up call on them to take sanitation issues seriously in their community in order to avoid sanitation related diseases.