Hygienic conditions in the country are so abysmal that the tourism industry is taking a direct hit, so says the Youth Tourism Ambassador, Mr. Joseph Armah Amartey.
In an interview with Zaa radio on Friday, Mr. Armah stated that poor sanitation in the country is not only a threat to the tourism industry, beaches and other sites, it is also a breeding ground for diseases.
Saying that tourism is the fourth economy booster that generates revenue for the country’s development, he emphasized the need for the citizenry to protect the sector.
It is based on this that the 'Operation Keep Ghana Clean' project under the Auspices of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana tourism Authority and Ghana Tourism Federation will be launched.
The project, when launched, will seek to rid the country’s beaches, gutters and environment of dirt. It will also educate and sensitize the public, especially the youth, to be domestic tourists through sanitation.
Sanitation, Mr. Amartey said, plays a strong healthy role in the lives of Ghanaians. The Youth ambassador also stated that the project will involve the youth in health-talks and clean-up exercises in schools across the country.
The theme for the project is ‘The Role of the Youth to Enhance Domestic Tourism’ and it is in partnership with Zoom lion limited, the Globe Program and the Tourism Society of Ghana.
Mr. Amartey further stated that the project will unearth the hidden talents and creativity of the youth across the country. More tourist sites, he noted, will be discovered for the benefit of the entire country. ‘’The ministry of tourism is ready to improve the tourist sector," he added. He has therefore called for a national crusade to rid the country of filth.
BY: LILIAN D. WALTER