The desire to attain the cleanest city in the Western Region and the nation at large has championed the willpower of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly through the EU funded Twin Cities in Sustainable Partnership (TCSPP) to launch a sanitation campaign dubbed “Operation Clean Your Surroundings”. Presenting the current sanitation situation to the media, Mr. Aziz Mahmoud indicated that the Metropolis is hit with the unpleasant situation of open defecation which adversely affects it ranking on the District League Table. According to him, the number of people that access public toilets are so much whilst others also resort to defecating openly as per the records by the Environmental Health Department of the Assembly. He added that the pleas that officers are hit with when arrests are made, defeats the purpose of discouraging unacceptable sanitation lifestyles and promoting a healthy sanitary community.
He hinted that the project has identified environmental stewards such as the chiefs and queen mothers, assembly members, the clergy, civil society organizations among other groups to support the campaign to champion behavioural change among the populace. He was optimistic that the characters identified would help for the vision of the campaign to be realized. The Communications and Visibility Officer of TCSPP, Mr. John Laste who gave an insight into the campaign mentioned that the campaign seeks to raise awareness to cause change and as well encourage citizens to take responsibility of their actions. He indicated that a taskforce whose duty would be to educate, arrest, prosecute and name and shame sanitation related offenders would undertake unannounced visits.
He revealed that the move was to learn from the collaboration of Joy News and Accra Metropolitan Assembly to ensure that a cleaner city is achieved. END