Mr Kojo Njabore Upon, the Head of Environmental Sanitation of Zoomlion Ghana Limited in the Bolgatanga Municipal, in an interview after the celebration, said the Zoomlion Foundation has trained the school children on good sanitation practices in a bid to inculcate in the youth good sanitation practices.
Basic school children in the Bolgatanga Municipal on Independence Day highlighted the need for a clean environment, free of pollution and filth.
This, they did, as they marched through the parade ground of the 61st Independence Celebration carrying placards that called for cleanliness, promoting healthy living and calling for a halt to activities that pollute the environment.
Mr Upon said 19 clubs in various schools in the Municipality had been formed to promote clean environment in schools and also help in educating other school children on the need to keep schools clean.
He said the patrons of the Zoomlion school clubs organised regular education programmes on topical issues related to sanitation for the pupils.
‘A clean environment is a shared responsibility and it is when we have a clean environment that our health can be guaranteed’, Mr Upon said.
Ms Patricia Ayikor, the Regional Director of Education, also called for a general attitudinal change towards the environment in order to save the country.
‘The indiscriminate littering, open defecation, bush burning, felling of trees and all other forms of degrading the environment is a source of worry and we must stop it’, she said.
She also called on the citizenry to be apt in their work saying ‘if the Ghanaian worker begins to understand that he or she is employed to contribute his or her quota towards developing the country, then we would be certain of being on track to becoming a nation beyond aid’.