THE 62nd Independence Anniversary celebrations in Tamale may have gone down the dustbin of history. However, waste management giants, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, would still be remembered for the indelible impression they created in the minds of Tamale residents with the massive clean-up before, during and after the historic event.
The neat principal streets beginning from the Tamale Airport, Bawa and Kamina Baracks to the city centre, Lamashegu to UDS central administration, Tamale Teaching Hospital to Vitin, the Kunbungu and Nyankpola streets and all roundabouts to the main venue which was the Aliu Mahama Sports Station gave the regional capital a very cleaned and beautiful scenery.
The company started by thoroughly cleaning Tamale and its environs to ensure that the city befits the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of a clean Ghana.
All major roads were cleaned and washed with mechanised street sweepers, all kerbs were also painted, while the principal streets were branded in the national colours with the introduction of astroturf technology at all roundabouts that made them green and colourful.
The company provided sweeping and cleaning services at the stadium and water to service all the washrooms and positioned waste bins on the streets and at vantage points in and around the stadium to further enhance the cleanliness of the city and the stadium.
In an interview, the Group Head of Communication of the Jospong Group of Companies, Mrs Sophia Lissah, appealed to the media to intensify public education to augment Zoomlion’s routine public education programmes to educate the populace on proper and acceptable waste management practices. She urged citizens of Tamale and visitors to continue to keep the environment clean to attract tourists to boost the Ghanaian economy.
Mrs Lissah gave an assurance that Zoomlion would continue to do the daily cleaning and create the needed awareness to ensure a clean environment, saying that is “the job we have chosen for ourselves but the people owe it a duty to ensure the waste is properly kept for collection and onward management.”
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Salifu Saed, and other government officials were full of praise for the excellent work done by Zoomlion in making the Tamale city clean and colourful for the historic independence day celebrations. He reiterated the need to sustain the clean environment and beautify the city.
The Northern Regional General Manager, Mr Peter Dawuni, appealed to residents to take advantage of the nationwide one million nationwide bin distribution exercise being undertaken by Zoomlion to adopt a waste bin in their households in order to keep their refuse for appropriate management.
Mr John Emmanuel Kwose, a Ph.D student of the University for Development Studies and development worker, in an interview described the neatness of Tamale during the one week into the anniversary as the cleanest city in the world thanking President Akufo-Addo for the innovation of regionalising the independence anniversary.
Mr Kwose, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Universal Developers Consultancy (UniDeC), commended Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the show of competence and capability to the Ghanaian society and said “you can really keep Ghana clean”. He said the city was highly amazed at the work that Zoomlion had put in and urged the authorities to ensure that their activities were sustained.
He said the forest reserves in the Tamale metropolis should be developed into forest resorts instead of leaving it for people to engage in open defecation and amorous meetings.
A businessman resident in Tamale, Mr Jones Pedavoah, for his part called for the Metropolitan and Municipal authorities to allow Zoomlion to manage their roundabouts for a fee, saying the beauty of the city lay in the beauty of our roundabouts and the entry points.
He said due to the independence celebration “I noticed some streets that were not swept by Zoomlion have been added for cleaning” and urged Zoomlion to ensure that all such streets were covered during their routine cleaning.