AbWMA Embarks on Cleans Up Exercise
The Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly has taken a proactive approach to prevent flooding in the munipality by organizing a 3-day cleaning and desilting exercise in the communities of Glefe and Opetekwei. As the seasonal rains have commenced, the potential for flooding and loss of lives and properties increases. Therefore, it is crucial for local authorities to take measures to prevent and mitigate the effects of floods.
The exercise, which took place from the 13th to the 15th of May 2023, was a success with the collaborative effort of the Assembly members, community members, the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development project team and Zoomlion. The participation and support of these groups were essential to the success of the exercise and ultimately prevented any loss of lives and properties in the aftermath of the recent rains.
The Assembly members of Glefe and Opetekwei, in particular, played a vital role in mobilizing their communities to participate in the cleaning and desilting exercise. Their efforts demonstrate not only their commitment to keeping their communities safe from the adverse effects of floods but also their understanding of the importance of community involvement in disaster prevention and response measures.
The Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development project team and Zoomlion also deserve commendation for coming on board to support the initiative. Their inclusion provided the necessary expertise, resources and logistical support needed to carry out the exercise effectively.
The success of the exercise is proof that with collaboration and community involvement, we can prevent and mitigate the effects of floods and other natural disasters that threaten our safety and wellbeing. Moving forward, it is essential that these communities and others within the Ablekuma West Municipality continue to practice good waste management habits and participate in regular cleaning exercises to ensure a safer and more conducive living environment.
Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly has indeed made the effort to make Accra work by prioritizing environmental safety, which aligns with the United Nations' sustainable development goal 13. We must continue to work together to achieve this noble cause.