THE Sagnarigu District Assembly in employing a more pragmatic way of sustaining the National Sanitation Exercise in the area has placed children of the various communities and basic schools at the forefront of the exercise.
This according to the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sagnarigu, Alhassan Mohammed Sorogudoo would inspire the children to grow with the deep habit of maintaining personal hygiene and good sanitary environment anywhere they might find themselves.
The National Sanitation Day in the district was very encouraging as majority of the people took part in the exercise including the Paramount Chief of Sagnarigu, Naa Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu, the District Coordinating Director, Frank Oduro, heads of government agencies and departments as well as several school children.
Addressing the participating groups after the exercise, the DCE emphasized that the Assembly would not just wait for the first Saturday of every month to clean the area but would rather encourage the residents to see sanitation as their civic responsibility so as to keep them safe and healthy at all times. “Here in Sagnarigu District we are doing it in a very unique way by way of using the school children as our sanitation ambassadors in the districts so that they can send the message to their parents and relatives and also develop that habit of cleanliness”.
Mr. Sorogudoo charged all heads of educational institutions, departments, religious and traditional authorities to play their expected roles to ensure the National Sanitation Day initiative inure to the benefit of the people and the district at large.
He indicated that the Assembly and for that matter government could save a lot of money for other developmental projects if the public was encouraged to keep good sanitary environment at all times.
According to the DCE, the Sagnarigu District Assembly spends a chunk of its resources for the purposes of waste management.
The residents cleaned up all the streets, desilted all gutters and evacuated all heaps of refuse for disposal at the landfill Site. The Paramount Chief of Sagnarigu, Naa Abdulai Yakubu urged the people to see sanitation as a culture.
He blamed the poor sanitation situation in the district on the district authority for their inability to collect waste accumulated in the various communities. The Chief also appealed to the government to provide the necessary tools that would enhance sanitation management in the district.