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General News of Sunday, 3 June 2018


11 jailed 330 days for sanitation offenses in Accra

The Adjaben Magistrate Court has jailed 11 persons for 30 days each for contravening Act 851 section 56 of the Public Health Act 2012.

They are Emmanuel Holornyo, Yahaya Assuma, Bashiru Zaaki, Abdul Wahab Inusah, Montario Muhammed, Victor Saviour, Akolobila Akudibila, Prince Kamorudren, Ibrahim Issifu and Umar Mohammed.

The court also fined Ibrahim Alhassan GHc 240 and granted Nicholas Mensah, Adongo Cletus and Lawal Olarenweju a bail of GHc 2,000 with a surety to reappear on June 13.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly arrested these persons (AMA) Sanitation and Monitoring Taskforce operation around the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Old Fadama, Mortuary road, GCB Liberty House, Tudu, Kantamanto, Tema Station, National Theater, Rawlings Park, Kimbu and James Town on 30 May 2018.

They were cited for open defecation, urination and indiscriminate dumping of waste.

Head of Operations at the Assembly’s Public Health DepartmenMrMr. Randolph Benjamin Morkeh urged residents in Accra to consider legal methods of waste disposal.

“We will advise that households or residents should have toilet facilities for themselves and also register with the accredited solid waste company for your waste to be collected and disposed of sanitarily.”

“If you give your waste to these junkies we will arrest the junky and come after you too,” he warned.

‘Africa’s Cleanest city’

The government aims to make Accra the cleanest City in Africa.

In line with this, the AMA, set up five sanitation courts within the city to deal with sanitation offenders.

These added to two existing courts to enhance waste management and ensure a cleaner Accra.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, as part of the National Sanitation Campaign, announced in 2017 a National Sanitation Brigade to enforce sanitation laws nationwide.