Compiled by Alfred Adams
The clean up exercise by the All Sabbatharian Churches of the Adventist Churches in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis last week took them to the Zenith and Amanfo electoral areas, where 700 members of the church took part in the sanitation day exercise.
Dubbed “No Refuse on the Street’ and embossed on placards, the members of the Sabbatharian Churches cleaned, desilted gutters and swept the two electoral areas to the admiration of all.
The All Sabbatharian Churches are unable to take part in the National Saturday sanitation exercise held in the Metropolis due to the fact that they worship on Saturdays.
As a result, the group has earmarked every last Sunday of the month to undertake their own clean up exercise in the Metropolis.
Consequently, last Sunday’s exercise saw members, drawn from the various arms of the church, converging in the Zenith and Amanful Electoral areas to undertake the clean-up exercise.
The churches that took part in the exercise were drawn from the Seventh Day Adventist Church, True Church of God Seventh Day, Church of Theocracy, Seventh Day Pentecostal, Historic Adventist, and Seventh Day Adventist Church amongst others.
A three-member committee, formed to see that the exercise is held as scheduled, is led by Elder Moses Abbey, Thomas Addai Karikari and Elder Emmanuel Kojo Armah.
The committee has developed a time-table, with respect to a particular electoral area, when the sanitation exercise should take place.
At the Zenith Amanful Electoral Area, where the last exercise took place, the members of the church were supplied with tools by the Sekondi Takoradi metropolitan Assembly (STMA) and Zoomlion Company to undertake the exercise.
Whilst the Takoradi Sub Metro of the STMA supplied the team with wheel barrows, rakes, shovels and brooms, Zoomlion Company also supplied them with gloves, nose masks and brooms. The exercise started around 6am and ended at 10am.
Leaders of the churches, such as Pastor Kwakye Adeefe, President, South West Ghana Conference of the SDA, was spotted by the Western File de-silting a choked gutter.
Other leaders of the church who also took part in the exercise included Pastor Benjamin Wiredu, Central SDA, Elder Stephen Nana Bentum, Takoradi West District, Elder John Ebembey, Takoradi East District Elder took part in the clean up exercise.
The Takoradi Sub Metro Director of the STMA also took part in the exercise.
The theme, the Committee explained, meant that having undertaken the cleanup exercise, they do not want to see refuse on the streets in the area, neither do they want to see the gutters in the area choked.
Elder Thomas Abbey and Addai Karikari said the Adventist Churches takes keen interest in sanitation issues, hence, their resolve to support the government and the Metro in the national clean up exercise by ridding the two areas off filth.
He, however, appealed to other non-Adventist Churches to emulate the gesture and deploy their congregation at certain times to help in the clean-up exercise.
Pix: The members of the Adventist Church working to clean the city
The group carrying placards indicating ‘Operation no Refuse on the Street’