Driver in trouble for dislodging effluents into Odaw River

The driver of a cesspit truck, Nuru Musah, has been fined GHS2,400 for dislodging untreated effluents into the Odaw River, in Accra, by La Sanitation and Motor court.

Musah, driver of the truck belonging to A & D Waste Company, in default will go to prison for six months.

He could not pay the fine, and has been taken to the Nsawam prison for him to begin his sentence.

Meanwhile, Mr Gilbert Ankrah, Head of Public Affairs , at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, has advised the public to keep the city clean.

He reminded the public that it was an offence under the AMA Sanitation by-laws to “indiscriminately dump solid and liquid waste in open spaces, drains, gutters, behind walls, or burn solid waste in one’s compound”.

Mr Ankrah  said any person who contravenes the by-law “commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not more than one hundred penalty units or a term of imprisonment of not less than thirty days and not more than six months or to both; and in case of a continuing offence, is liable to a fine of not more than one penalty unit for each day that the offence continues.” 

Mr Ankrah said that the city of Accra currently had excess capacity to treat liquid waste, adding that wastewater generated in the city was treated by the Mudor Treatment Plant and other waste treatment facilities in the city. –

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