Eke Foundation Ghana embarks on clean-up exercise at La Beach

By Iddi Yire, GNA    

Accra, Nov. 18, GNA – Angela F. Eke Foundation
Ghana, a humanitarian organisation that believes in clean environments as an
important part of human existence, has embarked on a four-hour clean-up
exercise at the La Beach in Accra.

The exercise, which was supported by the
Eternal Sacred Order Cherubim and Seraphim (ESOCS) Church and Save Our Beaches
Ghana, witnessed the cleaning of the La beach, ridding it of plastic and rubber
waste littered around.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA)
during the exercise, Elder Eke Chukwueke, Executive Director of Angela F. Eke
Foundation, said considering the effects of climate change, they believed that
through their environment-based projects, they could contribute their quota to
the fight against climate change and help preserve the natural world.

He said being an organisation that believed
in the natural world, they were of the view that beaches, and for that matter
the seas, were an essential part of the natural world; hence, it was important
that beaches were kept clean, safe and hygienic for all.

“When we came here, you realised that the
garbage around the beaches has polluted the sea; and the filth has also
degraded the environment, this affects life in and around the sea,” he added.

Elder Chukwueke told GNA that the Foundation
had plans of extending the project to other beaches in the country.

The Executive Director noted however that,
doing a project like this demanded a lot of time and resources, and so they
were engaging other stakeholders to come on board to ensure that, the ultimate
goal of seeing garbage-free beaches in Ghana was achieved.

He called on the Government, civil society,
corporate bodies and the public to support this course.

“Let’s not forget that, the Government has
plans of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa soon; the Angela F. Eke
Foundation is ready to collaborate with the Government and other agencies to
ensure that this objective is achieved”.

Mr Chibuzor Anoruo, Youth Leader of ESOCS
Church, who described the project as laudable, noted that such initiatives
provided the opportunity to give back to society and to help in making the
environment clean.

He said the aim of the project was not just
about cleaning beaches, but also to propagate the gospel of cleanliness and the
need to educate the masses on the need to preserve the natural world, adding
that “the church is willing to partner any organization to achieve that goal”.

Mr Paa Kwesi Wilson, Executive Secretary of
Save Our Beaches Ghana, also told GNA that their vision was to ensure that
public beaches were clean, as such they collaborated with the assemblies and
coastal communities, to keep the beaches clean.

He said the problem with filthy beaches was
attitudinal, and so there was the need to embark on a sensitisation campaign,
adding that “just the clean-up exercise is not enough, what we must do
frequently is education, else the problem will still persist”.

He said another challenged they encountered
was funding, saying, this had to do with getting people involved and getting
logistics, to effectively achieve their objectives.