AMA demolishes illegal structures at Mensah Guinea

An Excavator pulling down some of the structures.

An Excavator pulling down some of the structures.

A taskforce from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has embarked on an exercise to remove wooden structures which are rapidly developing at Mensa Guinea and serving as homes for squatters and miscreants.

Mr Joseph Okine, Metro Security Coordinator and Head of Operations of AMA who led the team said, the exercise would be extended to areas such as Circle, Avenor, Railway Line, among others, where squatters have taken over public space affecting the beauty of the city negatively.

He said, the AMA in March and October, 2017 notified the squatters to remove their structures with notable red paint inscriptions which could visibly be seen on the structures but they failed to do so hence the action to remove the structures.

The Mensah Guinea settlement which consists of mostly wooden structures was demolished about 2 years ago after an outbreak of cholera in the area.The area is part of the land space earmarked for the Marine Drive Project.

The AMA as part of its initiatives to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa, as stated by the President, has rolled out several initiatives such as a waste segregation programme for basic schools, the formation of waste management committees for specific business enclaves, the refurbishment of sanitation courts as well as the Green Senior High School Project.

Mr Julius Azumah, Assistant Director in-charge of Waste at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has urged Ghanaians to sacrifice towards making the country neat and clean.

He noted the self help spirit associated with the National Sanitation Day exercise was dying and needed to be revived.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Times last Saturday to mark the National Sanitation Day exercise, Mr Azumah said keeping a clean city required genuine commitment from the people to ensure the country was rid of filth.

He urged Ghanaians to emulate neighbouring Nigeria, where majority of the people spent at least five hours doing communal labour in order to keep their environment clean.

The Deputy Director of Waste Management said, sanitary inspectors of the Assembly ensured that residents and businesses that left their premises and frontage unkempt were arrested and prosecuted.

He said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s intention to make Accra the cleanest city in Accra would be achieved if Ghanaians complied with sanitation regulations by the AMA and support the National Sanitation Day exercise which is observed on the first Saturday of every month.

 

 

 

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