NF-(Tema)-The Tema Youth Association (TYA) in collaboration with the Tema landing beach committee including other stakeholders have organized a mammoth clean up exercise at the Tema canoe basin in the main fishing harbor.
The Cleanup exercise was patronized by representatives from the Tema Traditional Council (TTC), fishmongers, political activists, security services amongst other important stakeholders.
Addressing the media, Nii Shipi Amarh , ‘Shipii’ for the Tema Traditional council stated that the cleanup exercise was to create intensive awareness on the need for the traders at the Canoe basin to clean up the place on a daily basis.
The Tema Shipii further added that consumers thronged the canoe basin to purchase fish for both domestic and commercial consumption stressing that the hub needed to be kept clean at all times.
He said the Tema Traditional Council was ready to partner other stakeholders to ensure the entire Tema communities were kept clean for a healthy environment.
Reverend Enock Laryea President Tema Youth Association noted that the various landing beaches within the Tema Newtown area were overwhelmed with filth hence the need to clean the entire enclave.
According to the TYA president, the Association was ready to trace the path ways of how waste materials got into the sea and other water bodies adding that the association could win the fight against indiscriminate dumping of refuse if residents would adhere to the sanitation by-laws in the country.
Rev. Laryea again hinted that the Operation Clean Your Frontage (OCYF) included protecting the landing beaches and other water bodies in the various communities from filth and other waste materials that could affect aquatic lives.
Nii Ajieteh Mator III chief fisherman of Awudum in Tema Newtown expressed gratitude to the organizers of the clean up exercise.
Nii Mator III explained that the government through the fishery ministry could develop the landing beaches so as to woo investors into the country adding that stringent measures should be deployed to the landing beaches to ward off people who dumped refuse indiscriminately in the area and to prosecute offenders to serve as deterrent to others.