The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has charged the people of Kumasi that environmental cleanliness is the responsibility of residents, not government; and he will use his stool to ensure the city is clean as the Nation marks its third National Sanitation Day.
Walking several minutes to inspect the clean-up exercise, the Asantehene expressed satisfaction after a much-improved turn-out following an apathetic display last month.
Followed by celebrities such as newly crowned popular actor Lilwin and music sensation VVIP, the traditional ruler walked around Asafo town to witness the exercise.
“The excitement with which you have participated in the exercise is heart-warming,” a satisfied leader told residents.
The National Sanitation Day held on the first Saturday of every month is Government’s response to a horrific cholera outbreak that claimed more than 150 lives and infected over 17,000 people.
It was reported as the worst in 30 years.
Patronage was high in the first month, November, but took a hit in December. In an attempt to improve the turn-out, Otumfuo rolled up his sleeves and hit the streets to kick off the first 2015 edition.
“Government’s role is to make policies; our role is to obey them…Kumasi is mine…it is the responsibility of you and I to use every means to make this city clean. We must not wait for anybody to clean this environment,” he explained.
Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor observed that towns such as Alabar and Zongo noted for squalid surroundings enjoyed a makeover.
Doubts nonetheless remain if this cleanliness will last for another 30 days.