As part of efforts to help Ghanaian communities tackle the environmental sanitation problems confronting them, Zoomlion Ghana Limited has held a sanitation durbar in Navrongo in the Upper East Region to brainstorm on how best to keep their surroundings and the entire town clean for a healthy living.
The durbar, which brought together traditional authorities, opinion leaders, women and youth leaders as well as students, sanitation experts and stakeholders in waste management industry, provided an ideal platform for the identification of peculiar environmental and sanitation challenges of the Navrongo community, and how such problems could be effectively managed.
Apori Ntiforo, a lecturer at the University for Development Studies, Navorongo Campus, who addressed the gathering, commended Zoomlion for championing the crusade on numerous waste management problems confronting the nation.
He urged the residents to practice good sanitation and refrain from dumping garbage into gutters and onto the streets.
“There are people with the habit of disposing of their garbage into every available space they find with the notion that Zoomlion workers are paid to clean up the mess. What happens when such rubbish is not cleaned and there is a downpour?” Mr. Ntiforo quizzed.
He explained that the battle against environmental degradation or the upholding of the tenets of environmental sanitation and hygiene for sustainable development was one of the central pillars of achieving the Millennium Development Goals, number Seven (MDG 7). This, headed was a shared responsibility.
“The repercussions of our actions and inactions with regard to environmental sanitation will be detrimental not only to people in authority but to all mankind and hence the need for all hands to be on deck as a matter of urgency,” he said.
Laud Mike Tagoe, the Upper East Regional Manager for Zoomlion Ghana, explained that “the series of environmental sanitation programmes being rolled out by Zoomlion were all part of the company’s commitment to ensuring that good environmental sanitation and personal hygiene.