The Ghana Muslim Mission has held its 56th Annual National Conference in Kumasi with a call to followers of the Islamic faith to lead efforts at helping to rid the country of filth.
Dr. Nabil Nuamah, a Senior Surgeon and Specialist at the 37 Military Hospital, said they needed to show the way by maintaining good personal hygiene and keeping their surroundings clean, considering the significance placed on cleanliness by Islam.
They should take issues relating to sanitation and the safety of the environment more seriously, he emphasised.
He described as totally unacceptable the unhygienic and filthy conditions under which many of them lived and called for drastic changes in their attitudes to give true meaning to Islam.
The conference was attended by more than 3,000 people, including Ministers of State, Members of Parliament (MPs), District Chief Executives (DCEs) and Imams
Dr. Nuamah said it was required of sincere believers to sanitize and purify their entire way of life, explaining that, this necessarily should involve protecting the environment.
The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr. Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, said all must share the responsibility of safeguarding and preserving the environment.
They should work together to keep clean and healthy, their surroundings to prevent diseases.
He called on every Ghanaian to support the government’s interventions to tackle the growing sanitation challenges, particularly, in the cities and urban centres.
Mr. Samuel Sarpong, the Ashanti Regional Minister, counseled them against littering, dumping of waste into open drains and streams, open defecation, urinating at unauthorized places, and other bad practices.
He said people must do things the right way to stay in good health and save the nation cost.
Sheikh Dr. Amin Bonsu, the National Chairman of the Mission, pledged to step up its effort at creating environmental sanitation awareness through clean-up exercises and public education campaigns.
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