The Waste Management Director at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Mr. John Gorkeh-Miah, has challenged the Ghanaian youth to show interest in waste management, sanitation and environmental issues.

youth-cleanAccording to him, the youth will be in the best position to champion this sanitation course in their various communities, should they take up the challenge.

Although the director admitted the challenges in the sector, he is optimistic that the youth by helping to improve sanitation issues, will be impacting positively on the Ghanaian society.

“Most at times, the inhuman treatment the sanitation officers go through in the hands of some members of the general public, coupled with the risk of contracting diseases in the discharge of their duties and low remunerations are the major challenges confronting waste management in the country.” He lamented.

Mr. Miah said, despite these challenges, the youth must not give up efforts aimed at improving sanitation in their various communities.

Speaking in an interview on Thursday, May 04, 2017, he indicated that “people are no more interested in our kind of work. Even people treat us as the waste we collect. We don’t have respect in the public eye. They insult us anyhow. Thus, people are no more interested in it.

That is why we have small number of people doing this huge work. But I wish to encourage the youths that, it’s an area that really helps to develops and compels one to be open minded. So I will urge the youth to pursue waste management, sanitation and environmental science courses seriously, so they can come and join us.

Very soon some of us will take our exit and there will be a gap. My appeal here is that, more people should be enrolled to join us help clean Ghana, in order to achieve and enjoy a healthy environment. Everybody is contribute their quota to the development of the nation.” Mr. Miah charged

He said, his outfit is putting in place measures to avert any possible outbreak of Cholera in the Kumasi metropolis and the Ashanti region. He said sanitation officers across the region have adopted proactive measures to ensure cases of cholera and other contaminated diseases are not recorded as the rains set in.

He also advised the public to abide by proper sanitary practices to complement their efforts in the fight against filth.

By : Sammy Adjei /

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