PThe Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Nii Ashitey, has directed the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly to stop the illegal taxi rank at the Tetteh Quarshie end of the Accra-Tema motorway.
According to the Minister, the move would put an end to the filth generated in the area as well as prevent accidents that normally occur within the vicinity.
Mr Ashitey gave the directive when he paid a working visit to the assembly in Accra last Monday, to enable him have first hand information on the activities and challenges of the newly created assembly towards charting a new way forward.
He said the area was a drop zone and should not be used as a loading point for taxis, adding that “the activities of these taxi drivers have now turned the place into a refuse dump and a place of convenience, leaving an unpleasant scent within the area.”
Mr Ashitey said the President’s resolve to make Accra the neatest capital city in Africa could not be achieved, if people were allowed to dump refuse anywhere, especially along the motorway.
“The assembly has sanitation and developmental bylaws which must be strictly enforced to bring some sanity into the system,” he added.
He urged the assembly to set up a sanitation taskforce to monitor the activities of those who use tricycles for refuse collection to enable them to check the illegal dumping along some major roads in the area.
Madam Sandra Owusu Ahenkorah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the assembly, assured the Minister of meeting the taxi drivers to make amicable settlement of the issue.
She said the assembly was in the process of constructing a lorry terminal at Shiashie, adding “the feasibility studies and community sensitisation is currently on-going and structures have been served with notices to humbly vacate the sites to pave way for smooth take off of the project.”
Madam Ahenkorah indicated that the assembly would embark on a number of projects, including the construction of a recreational park at the Bawaleshie School, a health centre at Bawaleshie, and the rehabilitation of the Legon Village Basic School.
“The assembly would also fence some schools in the municipality and construct a toilet facility at Santana market,” she said.
The MCE said the assembly had established a sanitation taskforce to increase public education and ensure strict adherence to the sanitation laws, stressing that “everything possible would be done to rid the area of filth.”
By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu
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