The Accra Metropolitan Assembly has received 80 litter bins from the Accra-Ring Road Central Rotary Club to be mounted along the Ring Road from Danquah Circle to Kwame Nkrumah Circle to prevent littering.
The gesture forms part of a partnership between the two entities to ensure cleanliness in the city of Accra.
Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), who received the items, expressed gratitude to the Rotary Club and appealed to all and sundry to assist in making Accra clean.
He said the Assembly was working assiduously to meet President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of making Accra the Cleanest City in Africa and that the Assembly had taken the first step by evacuating and closing down all illegal dump sites within the city.
“I came to inherit more than 40 illegal refuse sites in Accra and we have cleared more than 35 of them. I have also prioritised waste management and issues of waste segregation, which are at the heart of what we do,” he said.
Mr Sowah said Accra currently had an excess capacity for liquid waste and, therefore, there should be no excuse for anyone to dump faecal matter into the sea.
The MCE gave the assurance that the bins would be emptied regularly and maintained to prevent any spill-over and urged the public to be responsible by avoiding littering.
Dr Dennis Addo, the President of the Club, said sanitation remained one of the core activities of the club hence the partnership.
“Rotarians believe in service above self, and that is the cornerstone and foundation of our existence as an organisation. Sanitation is indeed core to Rotary and forms part of our six areas of focus. We recognise that by joining forces, engaging in creativity and moving from talk to action we can change our communities positively,” he said.
He said the Club was inspired by the call from the President to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa adding that; “We have no doubts in our minds that such a laudable goal is achievable if we work collaboratively as citizens.”
Dr Addo said the gesture was the club’s contribution towards the “Keep Accra Clean Campaign” and appealed to the private sector, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and individuals to support the campaign to make Accra clean.
He extended gratitude to the Rotary Club of Winston 1918, First National Bank, Ghana Free Zones Authority and members of the Accra-Ring Road Central Rotary Club for their contributions towards the campaign.