Kpone-Katamanso Assembly to improve sanitation

The bus used to dump the waste.

The bus used to dump the waste.

The Kpone-Katamanso District Assembly has intensified the fight against indiscriminate littering in order to improve sanitation.

Places most affected are Kpone Public Cemetery and open spaces in the industrial area and the communities.

Last week it began an exercise to sensitise industries and communities on the need to keep their surroundings clean.

Officers from the Environmental Health and Safety Department of KKDA visited industries, factories, shops and households to educate them on the importance of cleanliness and the need to dump waste at the appropriate land fill sites.

They also explained the assembly’s bye-laws, fines and punishment that they were likely to attract when they fell foul of the law.

The Environmental Health and Safety Director of KKDA, Jonas Ablade, in an interview said the programme was in line with the national sanitation campaign.

Mr Ablade observed that open defecation, disposal of parcelled human excreta into open drains, improper disposal of effluent and household waste water and the dumping of waste including industrial waste at unauthorised places were some of the environmental and sanitation challenges facing the KKDA.

He therefore called for attitudinal change by residents to help address the problem.

Mr Ablade said though some culprits arrested were made to collect the waste and send to the appropriate disposal points after which they were cautioned the situation still persisted.

He noted that KKDA was investing in areas such as provision of skips and bins for waste collection at various approved locations.

The District Chief Executive of KKDA, Mr Solomon Appiah, on his part said a monitoring system was being implemented and those caught for contravening the sanitation laws would be made to clean the waste, do community service alongside being prosecuted accordingly to serve as a deterrent to the rest of the community.

In a related development the assembly arrested a group of four people who used a school bus under maintenance at their automotive workshop in Kpone Kokompe (Haana) to dump waste at the Kpone Public Cemetery.

FROM GODFRED BLAY GIBBAH, KPONE

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