12 Shop Owners To Be Punished … For Dodging Clean-Up

The Swedruman Council of Chiefs is to punish 12 recalcitrant store owners who refused to participate in the National Sanitation Day programme.

They have, consequently, been summoned to appear before the council on November 6, 2014.

Nana Kwame Donkoh II, Chairman of the Sanitation Committee of the Council of Chiefs, disclosed this to newsmen after leading a four-hour national sanitation clean-up at Agona Swedru, on Saturday.

The committee seized cassava, tomatoes, onions, garden eggs, plantains and other food stuffs from some market women who were selling during the exercise.

Nana Donkoh warned that the council would deal ruthlessly with people found dumping refuse indiscriminately and littering the streets and gutters.

He said the Council of Chiefs was not happy with the poor sanitation in the municipality, and appealed to the people to help reverse the situation.

The people, as part of the programme, swept, weeded and cleared gutters, while personnel of the Fire Service used their tenders to flush the choked gutters.

Personnel from the Immigration Service, Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), NADMO, social clubs and youth associations participated in the exercise, described as successful.

Nana Donkoh suggested to Parliament to pass a law to back the programme.

The Gyasihene tasked the Assemblies to be more pro-active with environmental sanitation by-laws to reduce the outbreaks of cholera and other communicable diseases.

Mr. George Freeman, the Agona West Municipal Environmental Health Officer, praised the assembly members and opinion leaders who led their people to clean their communities.

He cautioned residents and the traveling public to desist from throw refuse from moving vehicles onto the streets.

Mr. Charles Obeng-Inkoom, the Agona West Member of Parliament (MP) commended the participants for their communal spirit and assured that the government would continue to help improve sanitation in the country, especially in the cities, to avert the outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.

GNA

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