Mr Iddrisu presenting the ADB Cheque
Hiplife music giants VVIP music trio—made up of Reggie Rockstone, Prodigal and Zeal—will lead their fans and friends on National Sanitation Day (NSD), which falls on Saturday December 6, 2014, to clean up drains and other places within Nima and Mamobi after which the group will mount the stage to perform in a live show dubbed “SANIJAM”.
This was made known to NEWS-ONE when the VVIP trio hosted the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Julius Debrah, and top management staff of Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), SIC Life and PZ Cussons at the Rockstone Office (Django) located in Cantonments, Accra yesterday.
VVIP and Friends will also provide “Kooko and Kose” as breakfast for the expected fans and guests who will converge after the clean up exercise at Nima Gutter, popularly referred to as “Bakyin Guta”.
Abdul Hamidu Ibrahim, in a speech to welcome the dignitaries, described the National Sanitation Day as an event which brings back exciting memories of the spirit of volunteerism which was a common thing in the past and which enhanced the welfare of mankind.
Ibrahim, whose stage name is “Zeal”, mentioned that communal services in the past were characterised by the presence of drumming and music, adding that the VVIP and Friends are equally proud to associate with this using their talents in music (hiplife) to influence the community of Nima and Mamobi to achieve cleaner and healthier surroundings.
Reginald Osei aka “Rock stone” was happy that his father, St Osei the great fashion designer, went on hunger strike over the insanitary conditions that prevailed in the Trade Fair area at the time, adding that he is happy to walk in the imprints of his father in a similar move.
The Executive Director of Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), Abdul-Samed Iddrisu, who was present during the event on behalf of the bank, donated a cheque of GH¢50, 000 as the bank’s support for the NSD, while SIC Life presented GH¢ 25,000 and PZ Cusson, represented by Gazie Decker, Head of Brand Development and Activation, presented disinfectants and cleaning agents worth GH¢20, 000.
Each of the donors expressed satisfaction that the purpose of the NSD was in line with their respective companies’ corporate social responsibilities of ensuring that the communities within which they live and work are kept very clean and tidy to ensure the sound health of the people.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Julius Debrah, expressed appreciation to the various institutions for the donations made to enhance the success of the NSD.
Mr Julius Debrah further said that the National Service Secretariat (NSS), through the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA), is expected to deploy 50,000 personnel throughout the country to embark on the clean up exercise while the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Armed Forces will move out of barracks to designated places to engage in various clean up exercises.
By Solomon Ofori