The Volta Regional chapter of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) has organized a four (4) hour clean-up exercise at the regional capital of Ho. The exercise took place within and around the precincts of the main Lorry Park as well as the Market Square.
More than forty (40) members of the Association including some retired practitioners of the inky fraternity, took part in the exercise which formed part of the Environmental Sanitation campaign project being championed by the Association.
The clean-up event which also preceded the official launch of the Sanitation Campaign in both Volta and Oti regions at Ho, was among series of activities being organized by the GJA to climax its 3rd Volta prestigious awards ceremony scheduled on Saturday, 5th October, 2019 at the plush Volta Serene Hotel at 6.30pm prompt.
The exercise was organized by the GJA in collaboration with stakeholders such as Zoomlion Company Limited and the Environmental Health Unit of the Ho Municipal Assembly.
The media practitioners were joined by some members of the 66th Artillery Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces to clear debris in and around the two major centres. They also desilted a number of gutters filled and chocked with polythene bags and other solid materials.
Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, the newly confirmed Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ho, Prosper Kofi Pi-Bansah, National Vice President of the GJA, Mrs. Linda Asante Adjei as well as the Volta Chair of the GJA, Kafui A. B. Kanyi, were among some leaders and dignitaries who actively took part in the clean-up exercise to rid off the regional centre of rubbish and its related filth.
Addressing journalists, Dr. Letsa expressed worry about the poor sanitation situation in the market and lorry park areas and commended the GJA and its entire membership for the laudable initiative to help keep the region clean.
MCE, for his part pledged his support and commitment to ensuring that Ho becomes one of the cleanest regional capitals in the country. Mr. Pi-Bansah gave the assurance that his outfit would continue to collaborate with the GJA and other stakeholders to give a further push to the sanitation campaign in the municipality.
National Vice President of the GJA commended the Volta Chapter of the Association for always being the pacesetters in many events and activities in the media in Ghana.
Mrs. Linda Asante Adjei noted that the Volta Chapter is the first to start a clean-up campaign of this nature in the country and lauded the Association for its initiative to improve sanitation in the region.
She noted that the issue of sanitation is a headache for the country, adding that the role of the media as an advocacy group to nip the canker in the bud, cannot be over-emphasized.
Mrs. Adjei expressed the optimism that these series of activities which form part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the GJA, would go a long way to positively impact on the Ghanaian society.