Delegates at the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) of the Central Region have been tasked to work in ensuring that littering is stopped and responsible disposal of waste encouraged as a long-term and more sustainable way of maintaining environmental cleanliness. The CEO of Shape Attitude Ghana, Wonderful Baisie Ghartey made this call at the NASPA’s Regional Delegates Conference and official unveiling and launching of regional projects in Cape Coast on 23 July 2021.

The theme for the conference was “Keeping our environment clean, the role of NASPA Central Region in national development.”

Responding to NASPA’s initiative on a monthly clean-up exercise, the CEO of Shape Attitude Ghana, said that institutionalised monthly clean-up campaign would be complete and sustainable if and when there was a corresponding change in mindset and adoption of positive attitude towards environmental cleanliness. He, therefore, urged NASPA to embark on intensive sensitisation and awareness campaign alongside the clean-up exercises to help promote a positive attitude towards proper disposal of waste.

The NASPA President gave a brief speech centered on the degradation of the environment with waste and that NASPA would embark on monthly clean-up to clear the mess around.   

The Representative of the Omanhene of the Oguaa Traditional Council, Nana Kwesi Egyin II, Nyimfahene of Cape Coast, who was the chairperson for the occasion talked about patriotism and entreated the delegates to be conscious of it in all their endeavours and eschew selfish and “get rich quick” attitude. The Chief said that patriotism is a key element in National development.

Mr. Willian Freemen Goku, the Central Regional Environmental Officer, in his keynote address took the delegates through the causes and effects of environmental health degradation, citing population growth which has not kept pace with the provision of infrastructure to handle waste management.  

The Regional Minister, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan, pledged her support to the initiative of NASPA Central Region on environmental cleanliness, especially the monthly clean-up exercise. She assured NASPA that she would charge the MCEs and DCEs to lend their support in whatever form possible.

As part of the initiative, NASPA made a donation of detergents, sanitisers, and rolls of tissue papers to the Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital. SHAPE Attitude Ghana gave trash bins and posters to NASPA which were also donated to the hospital.  

Present at the conference were the Central Regional Director of NSS Mad. Jennifer Appiah Bempah and her staff at the Regional and District levels as well as NASPA staff. Others present were the Regional Commander of the Ghana Fire Service and the Regional Director of Zoomlion.