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General News of Friday, 11 May 2018

Source: Starrfmonline.com

AMA arrests 15 persons for open defecation

The Sanitation Monitoring Taskforce of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has arrested some 15 persons for allegedly indulging in open urination and defecation.

They are Nii Narh, Nayo Tetteh, Nii Ardey, Osman Yacub, Afidin Yorba, Mohammed Karim, Tetteh Annan, and Prince Okeoma.

The rest are: Amina Fuseina, Kojo Agasu, Amofa Samuel, Prince Boateng, Kofi Nsiah and Abednego Hoyomey.

Head of Operations at the AMA Public Health Department, Randolph Benjamin Morkeh, who narrated the circumstance under which the 15 were arrested, said the operation was carried out at the James Town and Korle Gonno beaches as well as the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He pointed out that the AMA is doing all it can to eliminate open defecation and indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the city of Accra adding any person caught in the act will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“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 also warned residents and public toilet operators who discharge effluent into public drains to desist from the practice as the AMA will come after them.

All 15 arrested have since been arraigned before the La Sanitation and Motor Court for prosecution.