Ghanaians are gearing up for the first-ever nationwide clean-up exercise set for Saturday November 1, 2014.

It is part of government's initiative to rid the country of filth.

The nation has for the past few years been grappling with poor sanitation which has led to a nationwide outbreak of cholera. Over 150 lives have been lost to the disease.

A National Sanitation Day has thus been instituted by government to ensure that Ghanaians of all walks of life would, on the first Saturday of every month, devote attention to cleaning their environment.

Local Government Minister, Julius Debrah says a hotline would be provided later Friday for citizens to report cases of uncollected rubbish across the country.

The various Assemblies have been directed to lead Saturday's campaign.

Reports from Joy FM's correspondents across the country indicate that citizens are ready to take part in the clean-up campaign.

In Cape Coast Richard Kojo Nyarko reports that some women at the Kotokuraba market are gearing up for the event.

The residents, however, pray the initiative will not be a nine-day wonder.

He said security personnel have also promised to take part in the event.

In the Volta Region, especially residents in Anloga, Ivy Setordjie reports that the National Sanitation Day has coincided with the Hogbetsotso festival.

Even though they are enthused about the initiative, the residents say they would be attending a durbar of chiefs on Saturday.

The residents say they have had to embark on a comprehensive clean up prior to the festival day.

They have, however, promised to take part in the subsequent event.

In the Upper West Region, Rafiq Salam says the residents are ready to be part of the clean up campaign.

For them, however, the clean-up exercise is something they have been undertaking quite often and it is therefore nothing new to them.

The presidency has meanwhile given its full backing to the nationwide clean-up campaign.

The clean-up is expected to begin at 6:00 am and end at 9:00 am tomorrow.

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