Regional News of Saturday, 28 February 2009
Ho, Feb. 28, GNA- Occupants of some blocks of flats at the Ho SSNIT Flats are to be dragged before Court for in-sanitary conditions around their premises.
This followed their failure to act on a five-day ultimatum by the Ho Municipal Environmental Health Office to rid the place of filth, Mr Prosper Anatsui the Environmental Health Officer told the Ghana News Agency.
The blocks concerned were seven, eight, nine, ten, Loboli and Gemi. He said those occupants of blocks eight; nine and ten had allowed their septic tanks to overflow creating offensive odour and nuisance in the area.
Areas around Gemi, Loboli and Block seven have overgrown with weeds while waste water from domestic activities was allowed to spill all over the place.
Mr Anatsui described the situation as "very serious" considering the calibre of personalities who reside in the flats. He observed that general sanitation at the flats was bad and that there was general apathy and lack of co-operation by occupants of the flats towards initiatives by block leaders to improve sanitary conditions at the place.
He said few months ago, his office had to retrieve a refuse container from the flats because residents were dumping on the ground instead of the disposing into the container.
"They do not want to get near the refuse container therefore, they stay in their cars and throw the refuse on the ground," Mr Anatsui said.
He expressed worry at the situation and said his office would not compromise the sanitation situation in the Municipality and urged all to cooperate to ward off preventable diseases. Mr. Kofi Peprah, Estate Officer at the SSNIT Office in Ho said occupants were responsible for general maintenance of the place, including the lawns, refuse dump and emptying of their septic tanks. 28 Feb. 09