The US Embassy in collaboration with Conservation Alliance and the Mandela Washington Fellowship fellows had held a clean-up exercise at the Titanic Beach in Sakumono.

The exercise was to help reduce the filth, which had engulfed the beach, creating breeding grounds for communicable diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery and malaria.

The exercise attracted some staff of the Embassy, Conservation Alliance, some youth of the community and fellows and beneficiaries of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) programme, drawn from the 10 regions.

The volunteers engaged in sweeping and clearing of refuse, mostly used polyethylene and plastic waste.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship begun in 2014 as a flagship programme of the YALI Network that provides virtual resources and vibrant physical spaces to equip young African leaders with the skills and connections they need to foster change in their communities and their countries by attending a conference in the US for six weeks

Mr Daniel Fennell, Public Affairs Counsellor of the Embassy in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the rationale for undertaking the exercise is based on the objectives of bringing environmental health relief to the community, and also to encourage the local assembly to involve the community in the provision volunteer services to humanity.

He expressed the hope that the inhabitants especially the youth along the shores would be educated to the negative effects of polluting or degrading the environment.

Mr Fennell expects that the community is sensitised against indiscriminate defecation and dumping of refuse around the beach.

Ms Henrietta Asiedu, Public Relations and Communication Director of Conservation Alliance, called on Ghanaians to have a proper attitudinal attitude towards waste to have a better environment to live in.

She said the beach when kept well would offer a serene of atmosphere for relaxation and the release of stress after a hard day's work which would improve tourism.

Ms Sarah F. Shabbir, Cultural Attached, US Embassy urged the youth to cease the opportunity to join the YALI by applying for the 2017 YALI programme, which opened on Wednesday September, 21.

Mr Prosper Ahmed Amuquandoh, Inspector in charge of Electricity and Renewable Energy at the Ghana Energy Commission was part of the 40 fellows from Ghana at the 2016 season.

The fellows spent six weeks in US universities to acquire leadership skills.

In 2017, the Fellowship would provide up to 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a US university with support for professional development after they return home.