THE Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo has called on residents of the region, especially those in Sunyani, the regional capital, to continue to help keep their surroundings clean.
He, therefore, urged them to desist from indiscriminate littering on the streets for the regional capital to maintain its enviable status as one of the cleanest and neatest cities in the country.
According to the regional minister, as a result of that status coupled with the peace prevailing in the region and particularly in the Sunyani Municipality, the regional capital was gradually developing into a conference destination hub of the country.
“Nowadays, most people prefer to host their conferences and meetings in Sunyani because of the good attributes of the regional capital, and we must do our best to maintain that status as one of the cleanest cities in the country,” he stressed.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo made the call when he led a clean-up exercise in the central business district of Sunyani and also visited some Senior High Schools (SHS) in the municipality, namely Sunyani SHS as well as St James SHS/Seminary Presbyterian ‘A’ and ‘B’ Primary Schools at Abesim to inspect the progress of the exercise at the weekend.
The various security agencies, notably the Ghana National Fire Service and also Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a waste management company supported the exercise and also desilted choked gutters at the CDB area.
According to Mr Nyamekye-Marfo, the exercise formed part of activities marking the 53rd independence anniversary of the country to be climaxed on March 6, 2010, with a parade of schoolchildren.
He said the exercise was also a directive from President J.EA. Mills.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo also called for the rekindling of the communal spirit which was gradually dying down among Ghanaians.
He implored residents found throwing refuse into gutters, big drains, as well as littering the environment with sachet water plastic waste to desist from such acts.
At the Sunyani and St James SHS, Mr Nyamekye-Marfo commended the students for cleaning their school compound and enjoined them to keep their environment clean at all times.
He also urged the students to observe personal hygiene and desist from taking hard drugs and alcoholic beverages,
since that practice could have negative effects on their health.
Rev. Samuel K. Amankwa who accompanied the regional minister to the schools, also implored the students to be disciplined by keeping their school compound clean, stressing that they should extend same to their various homes and communities since education was not only about academic excellence, but also moral upbringing.