Ga Mantse launches Homowo clean-up campaign

The campaign aims to keep the capital city clean beyond the annual festival, promoting a culture of cleanliness and civic responsibility

Ga Mantse King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, has launched the Homowo clean-up campaign, urging his sub chiefs and subjects to actively participate in the exercise to rid the city of filth in preparation for the annual festival.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Accra on Friday (21 June), the Ga Mantse emphasised the importance of unity and obedience to rules and regulations to ensure a successful exercise.

He cautioned that all shops and stores should remain closed during the clean-up exercise, which begins on July 2, 2024, stressing that the campaign’s success depends on the collective efforts of all.

“No shop or store should open during the exercise” he cautioned.

The campaign, themed “Clean to celebrate Homowo,” aims to keep the capital city clean beyond the annual festival, promoting a culture of cleanliness and civic responsibility.

The involvement of the GA Traditional Council, the highest traditional authority of the Ga state, marks a significant milestone in the campaign’s efforts, demonstrating the council’s commitment to the well-being of the Ga people and the city’s development.

The deputy minister of local government, decentralisation and rural development, Ekow Vincent Assafuah said, “We are excited to be part of the launch of the Homowo Clean-Up Exercise,” emphasising the significance of the event. The exercise aims to ensure Accra is clean and tidy for the festival, reinforcing the adage, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” All Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are urged to participate.

The ministry has pledged to provide resources to support MMDAs in their efforts to keep the city clean. This initiative complements the ongoing “Clean your Frontage” campaign, which has seen significant efforts under the leadership of the Minister of the Interior and former Greater Accra Regional Minister.

Commending King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II for his dedication to maintaining cleanliness during the festival, Assafuah assured the public of the ministry’s full support. “We wish to commend the leadership of His Majesty, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, for his commitment to keeping Accra clean and healthy during this celebration,” he stated.

The Homowo Festival, a reflection of Ghana’s rich cultural heritage, symbolises resilience and community spirit. Participating in the clean-up exercise honours this heritage and promotes a cleaner, healthier environment. Assafuah highlighted the integral role of cleanliness and sanitation in national development, contributing to public health, tourism, and overall quality of life.

Elizabeth Yeboah Akyemaa

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