The Ministry of Information and the Information Services Department (ISD) have organized a clean-up exercise around the office premises as part of activities lined up for the Civil Service Week Celebration.
According to the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mrs Charlotte Morgan – Asiedu, “This is part of the activities planned for Civil Service Week and part of our responsibility to clean up ourselves and our environment as part of the “Clean Ghana” initiative.”
She pointed out that staff have been cooperative and have shown up in large numbers to help with cleaning, which has led her to believe that whenever they are called upon, they would assist with cleaning tasks.
Mrs Morgan – Asiedu stated that a healthy community was a wealthy community, so management would educate and encourage employees to keep their surroundings clean.
“We will come together from time to time to clean our surroundings to ensure that this has a long-term impact,” she added.
She urged employees to take full responsibility for cleaning the environment for their benefit.
On his part, the Acting Chief Information Officer of ISD, Mr David Owusu-Amoah, noted that the cleanup exercise was an integral part of the Civil Service Week Celebration.
He stated, “It does not reflect well on you if you come to work and work in an untidy environment. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. We must remind ourselves as a department to keep our surroundings clean.”
To achieve any transformational goals, he said, cleanliness was essential, so while we all participate ceremonially, we needed to be aware of the need to maintain cleanliness during the celebration of civil service week.
“An untidy environment discourages effective business operations because, as we all know, first impressions last forever,” he added.
To ensure sustainability, he stated that management would remind employees regularly to keep their surroundings clean.
“We need to practice the ‘clean as we go’ principle, which means that even though there are cleaners, we still need to help keep the area tidy. This will dispel the misconception that only cleaners are accountable,” he stressed.
Patience Anaadem, ISD