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Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah

The law will deal ruthlessly with you — Sanitation Minister warns

THE MINISTER of Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has issued a stern warning to persons who have not been affected with the two-week restriction to stop indiscriminate littering.

According to her, the law will deal ruthlessly with any persons who is found to have gone contrary to the law.

The Minsiter made this known when she was addressing the media at the commencement of a three-day clean-up exercise in Accra and Kumasi.

Those with the licence to move, do not litter; if you do, the law will be applied. Those hawkers, if there is a gutter in your area and it is littered you will be charged”

Background

On Wednesday, the Sanitation and Water Resources Ministry said it would be leading a three-day clean-up exercise in Accra and Kumasi from April 3 to April 5.

The Ministry indicated it would be working with the Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies and members of the Environmental Service Providers Association “led by Zoomlion Ghana Limited.”

A statement from the Ministry said, “the exercise is to utilize the lockdown period to ensure effective cleaning and cleansing of the cities in support of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease.”

The exercise is focused on the de-silting of gutters, collection and disposal of refuse from homes, public places and lorry parks and the emptying of street litter bins.

Residents were advised to “keep their homes and immediate surroundings clean at all times and refrain from indiscriminate littering and disposal of refuse.”

The lockdown has exposed the amount of rubbish generated in Accra.

There are heaps of rubbish along the streets of Accra with some concerned persons demanding some attention from the government.

In line with these concerns, the Ministry has urged environmental service providers “to ensure regular collection and disposal of waste from homes within their concessional areas.”

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