CGA/JVL Poised to Influence Attitudinal Change in Ghanaians on Sanitation

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Clean Ghana Army (CGA) envisages that, through their collective action with the government, the media and the citizenry, Ghana’s poor state of environmental sanitation would improve.

According SDG Goal 6, there must be access to water and sanitation for all by 2030, this, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced his vision of making Accra the Cleanest City in Africa by the end of his first term in Office.

CGA believes, that while government has a duty and takes the lead role in solving these sanitation problems, the citizenry as stakeholders also have a critical role to play.

In the light of this that on Wednesday 7th February, the group visited the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda, and his team at the Ministry of Sanitation to discuss, share ideas and partner the Ministry on the National Sanitation Campaign.

This according to Mr. Sammy Dentu, Chairman and Co-founder of CGA, requires citizens to play their part in achieving this noble vision and thus, CGA is therefore motivated to attract more Ghanaians through it’s advocacy to support the National Sanitation Campaign launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.

However, he explained that, in the Short-term CGA will begin with its flagship project “Clean and Educate”within the CBDs such as lorry parks, markets and other high traffic areas to influence attitudinal change. We intend to use both traditional and social media as a communication tool to reach out to the citizenry.

Whereas in the medium term, through partnerships with stakeholders within the sector, CGA intends to undertake the beautification of our Towns and Cities through planting of trees and landscaping at identifiable open spaces within the Towns and Cities.

To indicate their commitment, CGA and Jekora Ventures on Tuesday 13th 2018, signed an MOU partner like minded entities, particular the private sector to advance a common cause.

Meanwhile, Mr. Immanuel Martey-Tokoli, the Managing Director of Jekora Ventures, on his part said, in most places, waste segregation entices the private sector to engage in the process to make a profitable use of waste, but in Ghana it has rather become a big challenge.

He explained that, about 80% of the waste generated in the country are used for landfills instead of segregating and recycling it into productive ventures and as well as to create jobs.

Mr. Martey-Tokoli, however assured that, Jekora Ventures would continue to train teachers and students to enable them to implement the waste separation modules and help the children imbibe it at an early age to make it easier in practice.

He reiterated that, JVL would also continue to work closely with CGA by providing technical support and advisory services, in order to make the President’s dream a reality.

The Clean Ghana Army (CGA) is a Citizens Movement Organization, made up of a group of dedicated Ghanaians motivated to play their part in curbing the current sanitation challenges facing the country.

CGAintends to embark on a sensitization drive through advocacy, campaigns and clean up exercises.

It has a membership of almost 500 people across the country, it has branches in Accra, Tema, Kumasi, Ejisu,Takoradi, and Koforidua.

CGAbrings together like minded Ghanaians from all walks of life, including Bankers, Lawyers, Pastors, Public Health advocates, Accountants and Entrepreneurs to assist in curbing the environmental damages emanating from poor sanitation and its repercussions on the economy, including our tourism industry.

On the other hand, Jekora Ventures ltd. (JV Ltd.) came from a humble beginnings in 2003 providing cleaning services at the Odornaa main lorry park as a routine maintenance contractor with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).

With the pillars of diligence and hard work, JV Ltd distinguished itself and expanded into solid waste collection in 2004 as a Solid Waste Contractor responsible for a number of container sites in the city of Accra.

JVLtd also obtained additional market cleaning jobs at the pedestrian Odornaa Shopping Mall and built a Water Closet (W.C.) Public Toilet facility at Teshie.

The Company repeatedly strived to perform creditably, ensuring that its container sites were always kept clean.

Hardworkand shrewd business practices propelled JEKORA VENTURES LTD into a fully-fledged Waste Management Company with the acquisition of more refuse vehicles, machines and equipment.

Supported by the acquisition of these additional vehicles, equipment and a highly motivated professional Management and Technical Staff, the company has embarked on an aggressive expansion program in the Waste Management Sector.

JV Ltd. has with determination and commitment, discharged all its contracts with distinction to the satisfaction of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, and up to date has not attracted a single sanction on any of its contracts with the ASSEMBLY.

We stand by our pillars of determination and commitment to deliver the best of service as Waste Management Professionals.

 

By: Sammy Adjei/accramails.com

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