The Anyaa Ablekuma Area of The Church of Pentecost, under the leadership of Apostle Samuel Gakpetor, on Saturday, January 12, 2019, launched the Area’s environmental care campaign.
The colourful ceremony, which took place at the Anyaa Ablekuma Central church auditorium, was attended by a host of dignitaries and members of the Church most of whom were clad in green and white branded T-shirts with the campaign slogan ‘Environmental Care, My Responsibility’ boldly embossed on them.
Present at the event were the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for GA West, Clement Wilkinson, Assembly Man for Nsakina Electoral Area, Isaac Kwaku Mintah Sackey, representatives of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, stool Elders of Ablekuma Traditional Council as well as the Anyaa Ablekuma Area pastorate.
The ‘Environmental Care Campaign’ is an initiative of The Church of Pentecost in partnership with the government of Ghana and Zoomlion Ghana Limited aimed at sensitizing members of the Church across the country and Ghanaians as a whole on the urgent need to keep their surroundings clean.
On November 21, 2018, a grand ceremony was held at the Dome of PIWC-Kokomlemle to launch the sanitation campaign at the national level.
The Anyaa Ablekuma Area launch of the campaign was in line with the implementation plan of the campaign which requires that all areas, districts and local assemblies of the Church launch it at their levels to ensure its effective implementation across the country.
Addressing the gathering at the event, the Area head pastor, Apostle Samuel Gakpetor quoted Gen. 2:15, Deu. 23:12-14 and stressed that God does not move in unclean environment so we should endeavour to keep our environment clean.
He opined that, possessing the nation as part of vision 2023, the church seek to improve on the country’s welfare. Building boreholes, clinics, bus stops, police stations, prison cells etc.
He admonished, the Environmental Care Campaign is based on:
1.Education thus to announce to members (and the society) to take good care of their communities eg. avoid noise pollution, indiscriminate burning and disposal.
2. Clean-up Exercise
Organise clean up exercises every two months within our local assemblies.
3. Community Based Initiative
Identify community needs and help solve them.
The campaign being launched by the Area Head Pastor, Apostle Gakpetor entreated Christians and Ghanaians as a whole to make the environment, our responsibility.
A representative from Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr. Alhassan, on his part said our major challenge as a nation is Indiscriminate littering and improper waste disposal.
He said, 80% of our OPD cases daily are based on sanitation. The company according to him, in collaboration with the District Assemblies and other waste management bodies will distribute waste bins to every household.
He said ‘the power of the bin’ is to create jobs, improve finances, reduce health cost and clean environment.
The MCE for Ga West , Mr.Clement Wilkinson commended the Church of Pentecost for such a great initiative and pledged the Assembly’s support.
By: Vivian Arthur