The county’s poor sanitation problems will persist if citizens are not held responsible for polluting the environment, hence the need to employ community vigilantism to combat the menace, former President Jerry John Rawlings has said.
Speaking as the guest of honour at the Jospong Group of Company’s Annual Thanksgiving Service in Accra, the former President noted that no amount of innovation by waste management companies or government will succeed if the people refuse to be committed to strict environmental habits.
“No one supports thugs parading as vigilantes. However, the need for sensible community vigilantes to patrol the environment is an absolute necessity, especially against the random and persistent dumping of refuse along roadsides. There is no reason why such vigilantes cannot be mobilised to play a responsible supporting role to the security agencies.
“Our resolution as we go into the new year is to commit to keeping our environment clean by employing good disposal habits, serving as good citizens by policing our communities and standing up to errant ones who refuse to adhere to basic sanitary behaviour,” he added.
Mr. Rawlings commended Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, CEO of Zoomlion Ghana Limited – a subsidiary of Jospong Group of Companies, for his efforts and contributions to the country’s sanitation sector.
“Jospong needs to be commended for the provision of integrated waste management solutions and the employment of over 200,000 Ghanaians across all social structures. He picked the worst kind of job in this country, and has almost made a success of it. Things would have been much worse if people like him were not playing the role he has played so far,” he noted.
He also acknowledged government’s commitment to combat sanitation problems with the establishment of a sanitation ministry, but maintained that a lot needs to be done to tackle the situation efficiently.
“Government, in its commitment to combat poor sanitation, has introduced the Ministry of Sanitation and also opened up the waste management environment to several other companies to engender healthy competition – something which should have been in place right from day-one.
“While there is governmental commitment to a cleaner environment and efficient management of waste, I have to emphasise that we as ordinary Ghanaians have to appreciate the need to change our ways and commit ourselves to desisting from indiscriminate dumping of refuse,” he further urged.
Speaking to the theme of the event, ‘The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us’, Apostle Eric Kwame Nyamekye, Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, urged citizens to maintain resilience and patience in their work.
He also called on politicians and leaders to maintain high levels of responsibility in playing their mandated roles in office to increase productivity and efficiency.
Mr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies who recounted his entrepreneurial journey, expressed gratitude to God for giving him life, strength, and resilience to stay focused in his area of work.
He also expressed appreciation to all who have supported and continue to support his work.
The 2018 Annual Thanksgiving Service of the Jospong Group of Companies was attended by many high-profile politicians, businessmen and traditional leaders, among others.