The Managing Director of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mrs. Florence Larbi, has called on the Ghanaian public to refrain from subjecting sanitation workers to all manner of abuses, noting that a little respect would make life easier and enjoyable to the workers.
According to her, lack of respect demoralizes sanitation workers who in turn fail to give off their best in keeping the country's environments clean and healthy.
Mrs. Larbi mentioned that most sanitation workers, especially, those who work on the roads were usually scorned and laughed at, but when accorded the necessary respect, they would be motivated to give of their best.
The Managing Director of Zoomlion made this observation when addressing members of the Zoomkids club, after a health walk and quiz competition in Accra.
The Zoomkids Club is an Environmental Sanitation Club formed in Basic Schools across the country to sharpen the knowledge of school children on good environmental sanitation practices.
Currently there are 450 zoomkids clubs nationwide whose activities include but not limited to routine talks on health, personal and environmental hygiene by patrons and health workers, beautification exercises in schools, clean-up exercises at selected places, tree planting exercises, and quiz competitions among the Zoomkids Schools.
They also from time to time engage each other in fun games, drama and sometimes embark on excursions to places of interest. Zoomkids forms part of Zoomlion's Corporate Social Responsibility.
The National Coordinator of the School Health Education Programme at the Ghana Education Service, Kate Opoku charged members of the Zoomkids club to be ambassadors of sanitation not only in their schools but in their homes and communities as well.
She explained that there was the need to inculcate proper sanitation at the primary school level in order to generate sanitation conscious leaders. "Children are agents of change, so whatever they learn in the school goes back to the community and therefore sanitation and waste management should be encouraged among children," she stated.
The Environmental Sanitation Manager of Zoomlion who is also the Coordinator of Zoomkids explained that Zoomlion provides the various schools in which the clubs were established with sanitation equipment including shovels and wheelbarrows to aid cleanup activities.
He added that activities of the club were run in collaboration with the School Health directorate of the Ghana Education Service. Students from the Sowa Din Basic School at Ashale Botwe, Baba Yara Basic School near Madina and the St. Augustus Basic School located at Otinibi, all suburbs of Accra, participated in the health walk and quiz competition.
Sowah Din Basic School emerged winners followed by St. Augustus with Baba Yara Basic School placing third. The contestants were presented with prizes while all the participating schools also received 3 240 litter bins each.
Pix 1: Mrs. Florence Larbi presenting a prize to representatives of Sowah Din Basic School which emerged winners in the quiz competition.
Pix 2: Some of the participating schools displaying placards on good sanitation practices