Forty-Eight residents and business operators in the Ablekuma North Municipality were on Saturday summoned by the health department of the assembly for failing to keep their surroundings clean.
This was when theAblekuma North Assembly embarked on a pilot exercise of the “Operation Clean your Frontage” campaign in the municipality in Accra.
Partnered by the Ablekuma East, Ablekuma Central and Ablekuma West Municipal Assemblies respectively, the exercise formed part of efforts aimed at “Making Accra Work Again.”
The exercise which is under the auspices of the Greater Accra Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) was led by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly, Kofi Ofori, and some environmental health officers of partnership assemblies.
The team paid visits to Darkuman East and West, Awoshie, Odorkor and Kwashieman all in the Ablekuma North Municipality to inspect the sanitary conditions of the people living there.
Some persons who had their environs unkempt attributed it to the lack of waste bins in the area. Others claimed they had little or no knowledge about the exercise.
Addressing the media, the MCE of Ablekuma North, Mr Ofori, said that was it not an excuse for them not to clean up their frontage.
He noted that it was mandatory for all individuals and corporate entities to ensure that their environment was tidied.
Mr Ofori said this was because of the backing of by-laws that had been passed and gazetted by the 29 assemblies in the Greater Accra Region.
The Ablekuma North MCE further indicated that his outfit would not relent in its effort in making sure that the “Operation Clean you Frontage” agenda aimed at making Accra work again was achieved, adding that those who flaunted would be dealt with accordingly.
He, therefore, urged the people to be each other’s keeper as the attainment of a clean environment was a collective responsibility and charged them to report anyone who failed to comply with the directive.
MrOfori said a team from the assembly would be deployed to the areas visited during the new week to monitor how the people were complying with the directive.
“These are some of the education we are giving them. We want them to know what will happen when the ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ starts from February,” he stated.
“When they come to the assembly those who need to be cautioned will be cautioned. Those who will be free are those who when we return next week they have cleared their frontage and are complying with the directive,” he added.
Mr Daniel Akansake, the Deputy Head of the Environmental Health Department of the assembly in an interview with the GhanaianTimes said he had been impressed about how far the pilot exercise had gone.
He reiterated that the assembly would not relent in making sure that they contributed their quota in “Making Accra Work Again.”
BY ABIGAIL ARTHUR