AMA prosecutes 200 for sanitation offences

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has organised a one-day stakeholder engagement with residents of Ashiedu Keteke sub-metropolitan area, as part of efforts to improve sanitation and reduce noise pollution in the area...


The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has organised a one-day stakeholder engagement with residents of Ashiedu Keteke sub-metropolitan area, as part of efforts to improve sanitation and reduce noise pollution in the area.

Addressing the stakeholders, the Chief Executive Officer of AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, reiterated the Assembly’s commitment towards making Accra the cleanest city in Africa, as declared by the President, and urged city dwellers to support the vision.

He announced that the Assembly would from Monday, 15 April 2019 intensify the enforcement of its by-laws on littering in the city.

“With regard to littering, we have been enforcing the law but we will be intensifying our enforcement come Monday. Over 200 persons were prosecuted for various sanitation offences in the first quarter of 2019”, he said.

The AMA boss also revealed that the Assembly would pilot its waste segregation programme within the Ashiedu Keteke sub-metropolitan area in the coming days, as part of efforts to sustainably manage waste in the city.

"People sweep and dump their refuse into the gutters and it all gathers in the London Market drain," he observed, urging residents to desist from the act and give their waste to accredited waste collectors.

Explaining the by-laws to the stakeholders, the Head of Public Health Department of AMA, Mr Victor Acquaye, indicated that the AMA by-laws, 2017, mandate the citizens to desist from disposing their waste at unauthorised places, adding that the law mandates residents to clean their immediate surroundings.

“If your house is closer to a gutter or the road side, you have to clean that place because that is what the law says. It is not the work of the Assembly. Failure to comply will attract sanctions,” he said.

Touching on noise pollution, Mr Acquaye revealed that the permissible noise level in Accra by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is 55 decibels during the day and 45 at night and urged all to adhere.

The Head of Waste management at the AMA, Mr Solomon Noye, in a presentation, noted that waste is a sole property of the Assembly and a resource. He urged the residents to desist from dumping refuse at unauthorised places and into drains, adding that all the waste ends up polluting the ocean.

He also used the occasion to educate the residents on the effects of littering and poor sanitation.

Communities which fall under this sub-metro include Ga Mashie, Central Business District (CBD) and Agbogbloshie, among others.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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