All is set for the Eastern Region Coordinating Council to host the forthcoming National Sanitation exercise, which would take place on 4 April, DAILY GUIDE can confirm.
President John Dramani Mahama, as gathered, will participate in the clean-up exercise at Nkawkaw, precisely where the regional event will take place.
Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, at a meeting with metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) in the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua on Thursday, said the choice of the region to host the national exercise formed part of efforts to bring governance to the doorsteps of the people.
The meeting with the MMDCEs was to share ideas on how to coordinate the impending sanitation exercise in the region to ensure its success.
He said the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Council, had drawn up a comprehensive programme, which involves a week-long visit to communities to interact with traditional leaders and people to seek their support for the exercise.
10,000 Waste Bins
Nii Lantey Vanderpuye hinted that 10,000 waste bins would be distributed to residents in the region for the sanitation exercise.
According to him, the sanitation day in the Eastern Region should be one of the best as lessons learnt in the previous exercises would guide the forthcoming one.
He mentioned that the ministry was making efforts to ensure that no refuse was left on the shoulders of the streets after the exercise, as had been experienced in previous clean-ups.
The government three months ago, launched the national sanitation exercise, setting aside every first Saturday of the month as National Sanitation Day for the citizenry to clean their surroundings to rid the country of filth.
Mr Vanderpuye urged the media to devote more time to issues of sanitation to generate awareness in the people to support the exercise to succeed.
Antwi Boasiko-Sekyere, the Regional Minister, said that the government would be working with the traditional authorities to make the exercise a success.
BY Daniel Bampoe
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