The August 2015 edition of the National Sanitation programme, introduced by the President Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, will go down in history as one of the least patronized in the Ashanti
Most of the Kumasi residents told DAILY GUIDE that the hardship in the country currently is so severe that they didn?t see the need to sacrifice for the country under the uncaring NDC administration. The programme received some patronage during its first three months in the region but the residents had since then turned their backs at
the national event ? which is geared towards keeping the environment clean.
But the lack of enthusiasm that greeted Saturday?s national sanitation exercise in Kumasi was very massive.
Even though shops at Adum and other parts of the city – Bantama, Krofrom, Asafo, Aboabo, Stadium, Asokwa and Patase – remained closed from 6am to about 11am, only a few people were spotted cleaning the environment.
Most of the people were either seen walking about or standing in groups discussions issues which to them were more
important than the national sanitation exercise. Scores of people in the city that the paper spoke to said they didn?t see the need to pick cutlasses to cut weeds and brooms to sweep the city, in the face of the severe economic
hardship in the country.
?It is not prudent for me to leave my work and sweep the city at a time when the NDC government had collapsed the
economy and brought untold hardship on the people,? Bismarck Addai, a taxi driver said. Mavis Kumi, a trader, claimed that she had been struggling to get a three-square-meal a day for her family, attributing
her situation to the bad policies of the NDC administration. ?I will not support any programme of the
government,? she vowed.
Kwaku Atakorah, another resident, said no publicity was done about the sanitation day therefore he was not surprised that the people refused to take part in the programme.