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The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II CLEANS Kumasi, Good Job!

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2014 National Clean up Saturday November 1 

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has admonished citizens not to wait for the National Sanitation Day — recently instituted by government — before keeping their surroundings clean.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II who joined hundreds of Ghanaians to clean the streets of Kumasi and neighbouring cities Saturday, said government and its agencies should not be seen to be dictating when and how people must keep clean.

He reminded the many volunteers taking part in the clean up exercise that it cost a lot of money to treat diseases, such as cholera, that come about as a result of poor sanitation.

A nationwide clean up exercise dubbed National Sanitation Day took off Saturday November 1, to deal with deplorable sanitation in the country.

Government hopes to repeat the exercise on the first Saturday of every month.

The National Santitation Day, in Kumasi and other parts of the country, was characterized by mass clean up of streets, desilting of gutters in various suburbs, cities, towns and villages.

President, John Mahama, his vice, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Local Government Minister, Julius Debrah, chiefs and opinion leaders took part in the exercise.

The Otumfuo said although the Kumasi Metropolitan Authority (KMA) is mandated to ensure the metropolis is clean, a clean environment is first and foremost a shared responsibility.

Ghana a few months ago was ranked among top ten countries with very poor sanitaiton record by a United Nations report.

This and a cholera outbreak that claimed hundreds of lives across the country prompted the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to institute the National Sanitation Day.

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2014 National Clean up Saturday November 1 

Scores of Assembly Guards in the Ledzorkuku Constituency in Accra Saturday morning moved around to ensure shops remained closed for the much publicised national clean-up exercise.

The guards insisted that the residents adhere to a directive for all shops to remain closed until after 12:00 noon by which time the maiden National Sanitation Day aimed at riddng the country of filth, would be over.

Myjoyonline.com however observed a half-hearted response to the exercise that saw citizens across the country cleaning their various societies.

While a few residents took to cleaning their surroundings, others were not bothered.

Some said they were unaware about the exercise but were willing to take part in the next edition, after they were told that the exercise is now the first Saturday of every month.

However, in other parts of the country although some residents closed their businesses, they folded arms and watched others do the cleaning.At popular slum, Nima, Vice-President Amissah-Arthur inspected work being done in desilting choked gutters.

Chiefs and opinion leaders in Nima, rather famous for its poor sanitation, actively participated in the clean-up exercise although same could not be said of ordinary residents.

Assemblyman for Nima West, Alhaji Umar Sanda Mohammed, expressed frustration at the non-involvement of market women in the clean up exercise.

Alhaji Sanda who was having a discussion with some chiefs, said it was disappointing that despite the pleas of the chiefs, Imams and other opinion leaders the attitude of the traders was least encouraging.

He was also concerned about the unavailability of tools with which to properly execute the task of cleaning the streets.

The assemblyman expressed his optimism that the next clean-up exercise next month will be an improvement on Today’s.

[Additional reporting by Malik Abass Daabu; editing by George Nyavor]

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