-Tema Mayor urges Ghanaians
Hon. Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, the Tema metropolitan chief executive, has challenged Ghanaians, especially the youth, to let themselves be exampled by the sanitary integrity of former President Jerry John Rawlings.
He has said that if all Ghanaians followed the example of the former President, Ghana would be rid of the most predominant sicknesses in the country – especially malaria and cholera.
“Because of President Rawlings’ neatness, the AMA has made him an Ambassador. If all of us could aspire to be an award winning neat person like one of our most charismatic leaders, Ghana would be rid of malaria and cholera,” Hon. Nii Annang-La said in an interview in Tema.
The interview had been on the sidelines of a cleanup campaign that he had organized in the eastern parts of Tema.
The cleanup, which had covered Tema Community One and Tema New Town, saw the sweeping of streets, clearing of bushes and the desilting of drains in all 10 electoral areas of that part of the harbour city.
It had been widely patronized by a cross-section of constituents, including chiefs, Assembly members and the youth of the harbour city.
Hon. Nii Annang-La, who had been pleased with the enthusiastic participation, later urged all the participants to adopt a lifestyle of sanitary consciousness, saying in so doing, former President Rawlings should be the role model.
Former President Rawlings was made the ‘Sanitation Ambassador’ of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly by the mayor of Accra, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah.
The honorary appointment had come about after the AMA boss had embarked on sanitary inspection visitations through the capital city and found out that former President Rawlings was one of the cleanest, if not the cleanest inhabitant of Accra.
His residence, near the Ridge Roundabout, in Accra, was found to be squeaky clean both within and outside.
Consequently, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah visited President Rawlings and congratulated him after which he asked the charismatic former President to take up the role of Ambassador for sanitation, which President Rawlings accepted.
Over the weekend, the Tema Mayor urged inhabitants of Tema to be exampled by President Rawlings in his new role.
He said, the country stands to gain a lot in the fight against diseases, like malaria and cholera, if President Rawlings is emulated.
Mr. Eric Kojo Twumasi, alias Worgor, Assembly member for the Harbor Electoral area, who had taken part in the cleanup exercise, agreed with the mayor’s admonition for Ghanaians to emulate former President Rawlings.
Mr. Twumasi also praised the Tema Mayor for the success of the exercise, saying it is the best cleanup exercise in Tema so far since the country returned to multi-party democracy in 1992.
An executive member of Tema East NDC, Stephen Ashitey Adjei, who is popularly known as “Mo-shake,” pooh-poohed the claim that the exercise is the best so far.
“To the best of my knowledge, it is tantamount to the cleanups which were organized by Kempes Ofosuware and Isaac Odamtten, former metropolitan chief executives of Tema.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Stan Adotey