Samuel Sarpong (in yellow top) presenting the free drinks to lure people at Nhyiaeso into participating in the sanitation exercise
Residents of Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, on Saturday once again blatantly refused to take part in the National Sanitation Day exercise, which is held on the first Saturday of every month.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration introduced the programme ostensibly to rekindle the spirit of patriotism and communal labour in the people.
The exercise was introduced by government about a year ago to clean the environment to prevent diseases.
The streets of Kumasi were unclean but the people refused to clear them.
Scores of people from different political and socio-economic backgrounds, participated the national exercise with enthusiasm in the Nhyiaeso Constituency.
The timely intervention of Samuel Sarpong, the ex-Kumasi Mayor and Ashanti Regional Minister led to the massive patronage of the exercise at Nhyiaeso Constituency.
Mr. Sarpong, who was unhappy with the low patronage of the exercise in the various parts of the city, decided to distribute free drinks to people that took part in the sanitation exercise at Nhyiaeso.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, he noted that he was extremely happy that the strategy to give free drinks increased the number of participants in his area, promising to sustain the strategy in the coming months.
Mr. Sarpong, who is the NDC parliamentary candidate for Nhyiaeso, charged ministers of state, MMDCEs and assemblymen to lead the National Sanitation Day exercise so that the people would develop interest in it again.
The momentum that was associated with the sanitation exercise is gradually dying, and the intervention of the aforementioned people, especially government officials, is critically needed, according to him.
Mr. Sarpong entreated the citizenry to sustain the National Sanitation Day exercise because it was hugely beneficial.
Living in a serene environment could help prevent diseases and the breeding of mosquitoes, he added.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi