Sanitation Exercise

The La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly Sanitation Unit has sued
Madam Hawa Mohammed (62), whose tenants dumped solid waste material into
a gutter in front of their house at the Libya Quarters, a suburb of
Madina Zongo.

The two women who were found dumping waste material from four
fertilizer sacks, have absconded leaving the landlady to face the
sanitation charges.

The Madina Magistrate Court II on Thursday, presided over by His
Worship Richard Delali Anku, fined the landlady GHC 2,400 or would in
default face a prison term of 12 months to serve as a deterrent to
others.

The Judge added that her fine was 200 penalty units culled from the
Public Health Act 2012 of Section 56 sub-sections (a-b) of Act 851.

Madam Hawa Mohammed who pleaded guilty with explanation was slapped with the above fines.

The La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA) Sanitation
Prosecuting Officer Mr Lambert Kwara said on June 3 2019, the two
ladies, tenants of the landlady were captured on a video dumping refuse
from sacks in the neighbourhood on a rainy day.

It got to the attention of the LaNMMA Sanitation Unit and on the 5th of
June, the officials traced the house and conducted inspection and found
that the occupants had not registered for solid waste collection.

Refuse was also found stored in sacks decomposing and creating a public health hazard in the community.

On the basis of the above, summon was served to her to appear before court.

In an interview with GNA, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer
(MEHO), Mr. Joseph Quacoe said the enforcement of sanitation laws was
ongoing within the Municipality.

He said Landlords who had not registered are issued with notices to
register with the accredited Waste Contractors so that they could have
their Waste lifted to the final disposal sites to avoid illegal dumping
during rains.

He emphasized that the Assembly would sanction Contractors who failed to perform at their respective zones.

Mr Quacoe said that sanitation was a shared responsibility and there was the need to change attitudes.

He added that persons found dumping in the corridors of the highway
would be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

That is the only way the President’s vision of making Ghana clean can become a reality.



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