AMA takes steps to rid Kwame Nkrumah Interchange of rough sleepers

The Rapid Response unit of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has assured that the unit is taking measures to rid the Kwame Nkrumah interchange of people who use the place as their home.

These people, also referred to as rough sleepers are mostly drug addicts and criminals who sleep on the pavements under the overpass and often rob pedestrians and commuters of their valuables.

The Deputy Coordinator of the unit, Mr Yakubu Abane Asoke in an interview told the Ghanaian Times that the Assembly would permanently rid the interchange of these rough sleepers by December.

According to him, “the unit is taking appropriate measures which include educating the rough sleepers and if they fail to comply we would prosecute them:”.

He appealed to the government to empower the unit with logistics to help them work efficiently in order to make sure there was absolute order at the interchange.

He revealed that the interchange also served as a tourist site and it was therefore imperative Ghanaians accorded it as such.

Mr Asoke claimed the AMA in recent times had arrested and prosecuted 20 offenders.

He said 16 were ordered by a court to sign a bond to be of good behaviour while and the rest were fined GH¢ 3,000 each, or in default go to jail for six months.

He called for cooperation from the media to help in exposing offenders who litter the streets.

Mr Asoke said that the unit was embarking on a project to replant grasses at the interchange and also put a giant screen at the overpass for public education, commercials and announcements on issues of national interest.

 By DAVID TAKYI

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