Mrs. Emma Akyea-Boakye, Director for Communication and Corporate Affairs for Zoomlion Ghana Limited, has charged journalists in the Volta and Oti Regions to demonstrate keener interest in reporting on sanitation issues.
She said the mass media is a powerful vehicle in the development of every country, and their firm engagement in the fight against the poor sanitation menace in the country is a great course to the gradual end of poor sanitation practices, and the birth of civic consciousness toward proper sanitation practices.
Mrs. Emma Akya-Boaky said this after her presentation of an award to the winner of the sanitation category, Maxwel Awumah, at the third Volta Journalists’ Association Awards 2019 at the Volta Serene Hotel, Ho.
The awards ceremony was on the theme ‘Environmental Cleanliness, Media as Vanguard; Don’t drop that Litter’, and saw 12 reporters awarded for their diligent reportage in Health, Education, Sanitation, Tourism, Sports, Child Rights Protection and Agriculture among others.
The Director noted that Zoomlion Ghana Limited is focused on ensuring that Ghana achieves a zero-waste status, and as it has introduced a facelift to waste management in the country through installation of the Integrated Recycling and Composting Plant in Accra – with a soon to be completed installation of plants at Kumasi and Takoradi – it will support the media campaign to ‘name and shame’ perpetrators of poor sanitation practices, and ‘name and praise’ people who practice emulatable sanitation within their communities.
She also expressed hope that just as the media’s formation of a coalition helped in the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) in the country, the launch of a sanitation campaign will help Zoomlion and other actors in the sanitation industry give Ghana a facelift globally in terms of sanitation.
Meanwhile, Mr. Yaw Attah Arhin, Water and Sanitation Technical Coordinator-World Vision International, during his keynote address bemoaned the state of sanitation in the country and called on government and non-state actors to double efforts and resources toward fighting the sanitation menace, which has become an albatross on the necks of industry players in the country.
He said the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, which is one of the key areas to be tackled by developing countries, is underfunded.
“The Water and Sanitation (WASH) sector is one of the most under-funded sectors in Ghana, with the 2019 budget allocating only GH¢246million to the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and its agencies.”
Mr. Anthony Bels Kafui Kanyi, Chairman of the GJA-Volta/Oti Regions, reiterated the importance of their sanitation campaign and urged reporters not to relent in their efforts.
The awards ceremony was climaxed with a fundraising activity to support the Volta GJA Sanitation Campaign.