Madam Jemima N. Nartey, Deputy Chief Scout Commissioner of the Ghana Scouts Association (GSA), has stressed the need of maintaining and promoting a clean environment by stressing the need to guarantee discipline.
She opined that individuals would have a harder time littering, polluting, and defecating carelessly if they practised self-discipline.
On Saturday, Madam Nartey made these remarks at a durbar in Kumasi commemorating Africa Scouts Day.
The GSA’s Ashanti Regional Office coordinated with the organization’s National Headquarters to host the event.
The event was held under the theme “Our Environment, Our Africa: Scouts Care.”
Every year on March 13, scout groups across Africa, including Ghana, mark Africa Scouts Day.
According to Madam Nartey, the Association of African Unity Scout Leaders held its first meeting in Nigeria on March 13, 1961, with the goal of determining the direction the Association’s voice should take.
She explained that in 1995, at the 62nd ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the then OAU (now the African Union) in Addis Ababa, a resolution was passed recognising Scouting in Africa and endorsing the celebration of Africa Scout Day on the 13th of March annually.
Later, Madam Nartey, a fellow member of the Africa Scout Committee, gave twenty female members of GSA Scouts uniforms on behalf of the Committee.
Mr. Isaac Newton Addy, GSA Chief Commissioner, reminded the members to behave properly in all settings and to be mindful to â€ not to damage the image of the association.
As the rainy season approached, he urged them to raise awareness in their communities about the importance of environmental protection and the avoidance of behaviours that could contribute to the spread of infectious diseases like cholera and diarrhoea.
According to Madam Eunice Osei, an officer with the Ashanti Regional Environmental Protection Agency, only a small percentage of people are aware that environmental degradation is a problem. Since the government cannot raise awareness on its own, it is up to each individual to alter his or her perspective.
She urged people to keep the world clean and put an end to environmental deterioration as both are crucial to human progress.
Chief of the Kumasi suburb of Wawase, Nana Oboadum Kusi Antwi II, who presided over the programme, exhorted the audience to adopt better hygiene in order to live longer.