Omanhene of New Juabeng Traditional Area launches “Operation Clean Communities”
The Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area Daasebre Prof. (Emeritus) Oti Boateng on March 11, 2021, launched a project dubbed “Operation Clean Communities”, a viable initiative that is aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in the traditional area.
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The initiative is part of the community development effort, within the implementation strategy of the existing award-winning Root-Based Development Model (RBM).
The Omanhene explained the rationale behind “Operation Clean Communities” which coincided with his 83rd birthday.
He said, the New Juaben Traditional Council in July 2019, decided to implement the Award-Winning Root Based Model (RBM) developed for sustainable community development in Ghana, Africa, and the world.
He proceeded that in February 2020 the first baseline survey of the model was conducted encompassing six basic development concerns of demographic information, benefits emanating from community engagement with stakeholders, economy and infrastructure, education, health, and agriculture.
The survey made available authentic data to access the basic needs of the communities and the best policy intervention measures for them and also provided an informed basis for effective planning and implementation of the Root Based sustainable development Initiatives
He happily announced that by dint of hard work and determination, he the Omanhene completed the survey report and developed it into a fully-fledged reference book titled “implementing the Root-based development” within six months (March to August 2020). The book which is now available on Amazon will be soon available locally he stated.
Daasebre stated that the New Juaben Traditional Council is committed to keeping its communities clean and free from diseases, decided on 5th February 2021, to embark on “Operation Clean Communities” to complement the government’s effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in the Traditional Area.
Operation clean community he said is expected to help community members maintain and improve sanitation, wellbeing and prevent the spread of infectious diseases and upgrade their preparedness for natural disasters. He said the initiative requires residents to look beyond themselves and take collective responsibility.
Daasebre Professor Emeritus emphasized that the operation focuses on the preventive rather than the curative aspect of healthcare which is inspired by the universal dictum that prevention is better than cure and will thus involve the use of trained personnel in a comprehensive health care education of household within the two Municipalities constituting the Traditional Area.
In the commencement of the event, the appointed chairperson of the event, Madam Sophia Lissah Head of communications Jospong Group of Companies, the parent company of Zoomlion Ghana limited in her initial address expressed words of delight on behalf of Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies.
She proceeded by eulogizing Daasebre Prof. (Emeritus) Oti Boateng for the conceived vision and recognizing the need to make an assistive intervention to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure that the various communities embrace the ideology of cleanliness.
Madam Feliz Abrah, an occupant in the position of Vice-Principal at the Nursing and Midwifery College in her introductory part of her speech applauded the Daasebre for his decisiveness in the combat of the covid-19 and affirmed the relevance of the initiative with the quote “cleanliness is next to Godliness”.
She expounded further, that some domestic activities which include the haphazard disposal of waste predominantly trigger the breed of sicknesses such as Malaria, cholera, typhoid, etc. She stated their immense contribution is assured coupled with due diligence to ensure the prevalence of success with respect to the initiative.
They will undertake a robust sensitization exercise to educate the public about the precarious implications their activities bring forth and will admonish them to desist from those practices.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Koforidua Technical University, Professor David Ofori Asuman, in his speech acknowledged the leadership exploits of the Omanhene, disclosing they have had a solemn engagement with Zoomlion upon which the two parties have agreed to venture into plastic waste recycling which will establish the mileage of Garbage alleviation and the production of new products.
He proceeded with a candid claim his institution has ushered some individuals into series of training with the purpose of acquiring the requisite skills with respect to plastic waste recycling and its management. He guaranteed the Omanhene they will solidly support him and will not manifest any form of reluctance when the need for help arises he concluded.
A representative of Zoom lion Company limited, Madam Emma Adwoa Osei commended the Omanhene for his vision and said the initiative is in line with zoom lion’s policy since they stand for cleanliness. Zoomlion will carry out a project called “Project 1,000” which connotes that 1000 households will have possession of one (1) dust bin each which will facilitate the stifle of sanitation conundrum in New Juabeng.
The Municipal Chief Executive for the New Juaben South, Isaac Appaw-Gyasi acknowledged the Omanhene for such a memorable initiative that has been crafted to address sanitation challenges confronting the Municipality.
He admitted that “it is the sole mandate of the assembly to manage both solid and liquid waste to create a healthy environment within which citizens would discharge their activities, it has not been successful due to the huge resources involved and therefore, the assembly welcomes such initiatives to clean our municipality”.
He urged all stakeholders gathered to contribute whether in the provision of logistics, sanitation tools, or cash donations to support this worthy cause.
He further highlighted a few historical projects which the Assembly is undertaking include; work on the Nsukwao Basin Progressing steadily to solve the perennial flooding, construction of a modern office complex is at its advanced stage, and evaluation of bids on the redevelopment of Jackson Park is almost complete.
He assured Daasebre Professor Emeritus Oti Boateng of the Assembly’sbacking that the will do all within its powers to support him uplift the image of New Juaben South Municipality.