Nestle Ghana on Saturday 15th June organised a clean-up exercise in respect of World Ocean Day, which is marked on June 3.
The clean-up was in partnership with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Environmental Protection Agency and Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.
The exercise was organised at the Afia Beach behind the Independence Square, Accra.
World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honour, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. The ocean provides us with many resources and services: including oxygen, climate regulation, food sources, medicine and more.
World Oceans Day also provides an opportunity to take personal and community actions that conserve the ocean and its resources.
The Acting Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Ga West District, Amasaman – Sally Biney – expressed her joy at the initiative of Nestle Ghana.
She noted: “If everyone plays a key role in managing waste, it would reduce what enters into the ocean; so it is a very important exercise”. However, she stated that it’s our own activities which make our beaches dirty.
“It is as result of our own activities, and if as individuals we take good care of our waste material, we don’t litter anyhow, but find a waste-bin and place your waste in it; the collectors will come for it and you won’t find this kind of waste at the beach. So, it’s our own attitude we have to change to sustain the beaches,” she added.
Moving on, she added that if institutions/local assemblies enforce their laws it will go a long way in making/keeping our beaches clean.
Quansah Kweku, Deputy Director, Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate of the Ministry of Sanitation, Water and Resources, said to keep our beaches clean and the environment as a whole, the ministry three weeks ago launched twenty thousand bins – which are on their way to metropolitan assemblies. The bins are to be placed at vantage points along the beaches.
According to the Managing Director of Nestle Ghana, Philomena Tan, in respect to World Ocean Day, Nestle Ghana as a company has come to appreciate the World Ocean Day by coming to clean up the beaches – which Nestle Limited had been doing in the past, and now it is the nation’s turn to undertake the clean-up exercise.
“The purpose of this activity is to enhance the quality of life and help in contributing to a healthy future, and that is what we believe in; and in this case, our ocean is in a very urgent crisis,” she added.