THE UPPER East Regional Minister, Paulina Patience Abayage has admonished the people of Bolgatanga to always keep their environment clean and safe.
According to the Minister, one of the challenges that the region is facing is littering by sachet water sellers.
She said the municipality was intensifying education of the people to always put empty drinking water sachets in their brassieres or pockets.
Ms. Abayage made these comments during the evacuation of dumpsites in Bolgatanga as part of an ongoing emergency national refuse evacuation exercise being undertaken by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) to rid the country of aged dumping sites.
“Bolga is one of the cleanest cities in the country and we hope that when the treatment plant is finally completed, it will improve the sanitation situation in the city,” she stated.
She said the exercise, which took place in areas such as Charcoal Market, SDA, Dagomba Chief’s House, Twin Toilet and Bolco was part of the Clean Ghana Agenda.
The Municipal Environmental Health Officer for Bolgatanga, Mr. Borna Evans said there was the need for the municipality to intensify education on behavioural change towards waste management.
Mr. Borna said the assembly has over 1000 waste bins placed at vantage areas to collect refuse and 42 refuse containers, yet people continue to litter the environment.
He said this year alone the municipal assembly has prosecuted 11 people on sanitation related offences, a situation the officer said will continue to serve as deterrent.
“I think that in the near future, what we need to do is to employ people to manage the dumpsite,” he said.
He added that plans are far advanced to create an access road at the Sherigu dumpsite to stop the dumping of refuse at the gate whenever the rains set in.
He called on the individuals to be responsible for their waste.