By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
The Ministry for Defence has received six hundred (600) waste bins from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, to be given to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), in an effort to improve the hygiene and sanitation of all military facilities, schools, garrisons and camps across the country, as part of the Clean Ghana Campaign.
The presentation which took place at the forecourts of the Defence Ministry on Thursday, 25th June, 2020, was presented by Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah – Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources and received by the Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bimbilla Constituency – Mr Dominic Nitiwul.
Receiving the donation, the Defence Minister reminded the gathering of how the world today is faced with a public health crisis as a result of COVID-19, which has caused a dramatic challenge in the global health order, due to the high rate of infections and death rates.
Mr Nitiwul stated that there is the need for uniformed military personnel to lift the health and safety protocol much higher, so as to maintain a very healthy and vibrant fighting force at all times, and also assured the donor Ministry, of the preparedness of GAF to assist in keeping the country clean.
The 600 bins given to GAF, each with 150 liters capacity, are part of a total of 3,000 waste bins, costing GHS1.7M, with its design customized by the manufacturer – Duraplast Company – a local company, with the intention to prevent people from taking them from their affixed positions to their homes, to store water.
The waste bins are easy to offload when full, their bottoms are perforated to allow water that gets into them to drain off, they have the “Gye Nyame” sign embossed on them and will be screwed to their positions.
The Clean Ghana Campaign is part of the Ministry’s ‘Litter Bin Nationwide’ project, which commenced a year ago and is expected to span a period of 5 years, have so far distributed 8100 litter bins out of a targeted 20,000, to be fixed across the principal roads in the country.
The Sanitation Minister surmised that the absence of cholera, for a while now, is ample testimony of the efforts that the Ministry is making to keep the country clean and promised that very soon, pickups will be presented to the military, to help monitor the Clean Ghana Agenda campaign.
Dignitaries present included the Deputy Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North – Major Derrick Oduro (Rtd), the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral Seth Amoama (who deputized for the Chief of the Defence Staff) and the Chief Director of the Defence Ministry – Dr Ernest Dzikum.