10 October 2012

Ghana: Volta Zoomlion Embarks On Three-Month Clean Up Exercise

The Volta Region branch of Zoomlion Ghana Limited has started a massive clean-up exercise in the region to ensure that communities are kept clean at all times, which is in response to the President's directive on the government's policy on sanitation in the country.

Zoomlion, over the weekend, organised clean-up exercises at Adidome, Sogakope and Battor in the Central, North and the South Tongu Districts respectively, where staff of the company cleaned the Adidome market and some crude dumping sites in the town, while the Vector Control team also fumigated some selected areas in the community.

Speaking to the Volta File after the exercise, the Volta Region Public Relations Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr. Francis Tawiah, said the team cleaning up unauthorised dumping sites at Sogakope, and workers of the company desilting gutters around the Catholic hospital at Battor, showed the commitment of the company to promote sound environmental sanitation in the Region.

Mr. Tawiah disclosed that his outfit would carry out the clean up exercise simultaneously in the Volta Region for three months, which he said would be a holistic one involving all aspects of sanitation, and not the evacuation of crude dumping sites alone.

The Volta Region Public Relations Officer of Zoomlion stressed that the company would employ all technical means to meet the target set, and called on all stakeholders to cooperate and support the company to enable it to achieve clean environments.

Mr. Tawiah, sounding confident, pointed out that sanitation was the core business of Zoomlion, and that the region could trust it when it comes to quality and reliability in keeping the environment clean at all times.

He further noted that much as the company had demonstrated a high level of commitment in the discharge of its duties, it was equally important for the people to complement the its efforts by keeping their environments clean.

He continued that the regional management of the Zoomlion had already deployed logistics to all the 25 municipal and district assemblies in the region, to ensure success during the three-month exercise.

Mr. Tawiah explained that the regional exercise would deal seriously with such areas such as cleaning of open places, desilting and disinfestation of chocked gutters, clean the beaches, evacuation of refuse heaps and other places of concern, and urged the staff to continue to carry out their activities in the professional manner in which they were noted for.

He said as a result of the President's directive, the management of Zoomlion in the region had strategically positioned itself to deal with the increasing problems associated with sanitation and its attendant challenges nationwide, by forming Zoom Alliance, which is a new private sector initiative to support other waste management companies with equipment.

Mr. Tawiah emphasised that to ensure that the national sanitation taskforce performed better, his outfit was putting in place sustainable efforts to educate the people on the need to cultivate environmental sanitation, as it would ensure that Zoomlion would not be seen as the only institution responsible for keeping the environment clean.

It would be recalled that the President, in his recent policy statement to the nation, in his bid to improve the environmental sanitation situation, outlined a three month National Sanitation Taskforce to roll out a public and private sanitation programme to have a solution to the sanitation problem confronting the country.

It is a nationwide programme that would engage workers under the National Youth Employment Programme and other modules to carry out the task, hence Zoomlion, as a leading waste management company, had taken the lead to support identifiable organisations and groups with equipment.

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