|Alhaji Mohammed M. Limuna|
In a build up to the fourth National Sanitation Day (NSD) campaign set to be rolled out in the entire Northern Region come February 7, a team of government officials are to pay courtesy calls on all four traditional kingdoms in the area to solicit their support to make the planned event a success.
The team, which will be divided into two groups, would visit the Yagbonwura Tuntumba Borese Sulemana Jakpa I of the Gonjaland Kingdom, the Nayiri Mahami Bohagu Sheriga of the Mamprugu Kingdom, the Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani (Regent) of the Dagbon Kingdom and Andani Dasana Abdulai Yakubu (Regent) of the Nanung Kingdom.
Addressing the media in Tamale, the Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, said the essence of visiting the Kings and Regents of the four Kingdoms, was to solicit their support to lead the whole exercise in their respective jurisdictions.
|Some Ghanaian youngsters cleaning streets, gutters|
The Minister who was flanked by the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, Deputy Northern Regional Minister Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini, the Member of Parliament for Yapei-Kusawgu Constituency Amadu Seidu as well as all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, said the support of the traditional rulers, religious leaders and their followers is very much needed to rid the region of filth.
According to Alhaji Limuna, since the people of Northern Region listen to their traditional leaders and carry out their directives respectfully, it will be out of place to bypass them and carryout the exercise which might not receive the best patronage as it is anticipated.
|Nii Lantey Vanderpuye|
On his part, Nii Lantey Vandepuye also urged the media to join the campaign effort to make the outcome of the NSD successful. Adding, he noted that, the exercise received a massive support in the Ashanti Region last December due to media hype and involvement of the Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II, and expected a similar situation in the Northern Region.
He also indicated that, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development will be moving its entire administrative machinery to the Northern Regional capital town of Tamale ahead of the NSD event. The objective, he explained, is to bring governance to the doorsteps of the people.
The NSD was instituted by government in October 2014 to deal with Ghana’s embarrassingly poor sanitation situation. Citizens in various suburbs of the country’s cities, towns and villages, often come together on every first Saturday of the month to desilt gutters and sweep the streets.