National Service Personnel to Help Reduce Littering and Plastic Pollution


The annual pre-service orientation for final year students in tertiary institutions in the Central Region of Ghana started on 13th February 2020. The orientation, organised by the Central Regional Office of the National Service Scheme (NSS), is meant to prepare the students for their one year National Service before they are posted to their stations.

The Central Regional Office of NSS has adopted sanitation as one of the key issues that the service personnel are required to be agents of change as they go out to the communities. In this regard, NSS has teamed up with SHAPE Attitude Ghana where SHAPE Attitude gives sensitisation and awareness messages, especially on the role that the service personnel are expected to play in promoting litter free environments, reducing plastic pollution and good sanitary practices in general.

The Project Director of SHAPE Attitude Ghana reminded the prospective service personnel that attitudinal and behavioural practices are the main causes of indiscriminate littering and poor sanitary conditions. Therefore, the students were employed to go out and engage the communities in attitudinal change and good sanitary practices.

Eighteen tertiary institutions in the Central Region are listed to receive orientation in 2020, among them are the University of Education, Winneba; University of Cape Coast; Komenda College; Nursing Colleges and private universities in the Region. On the NSS team are Rev. Kwame Agyei, the Regional Director; Daniel Dawuso, Administrator; Cape Coast Metro NSS Officer, Ernest Adanse and Ben Nana Bayin. From SHAPE Attitude Ghana is Wonderful Baisie Ghartey, Project Director.

SHAPE Attitude Ghana has been collaborating with the National Service Scheme on the orientation of prospective service personnel in the past four years, from 2017. The ongoing orientation is expected to end on 27 March 2020.