‘Residents need tools to undertake clean-up’- Assemblyman

By James
Esuon, GNA

Accra, Oct. 15, GNA – Mr Ofori Amanfo, the
Assembly member for Yaabem North in Agona West Municipality has called on the
Assembly to provide residents with tools to undertake clean-up exercises in the

He said they were eager to mobilise residents
to undertake clean-up exercises daily in their communities, but lacked

Amanfo made the call when he spoke with journalists to express his worry about
the pile-up of refuse in the Agona West Municipality, which was causing
diseases among the people.

He said: “We love to see to it that every day
is declared as national sanitation day as was proclaimed by President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo to all Ghanaians, but the assembly is not providing us the
tools to work to make the towns and villages in the municipality clean.”

The National Sanitation Day came into
inception in 2015 to ensure that Metropolitan, Municipal and District
Assemblies teamed-up with other stakeholders to tidy their various areas.

Meanwhile, residents of Agona Swedru have boycotted
the monthly National Sanitation Clean-up exercise with the reason that the
assembly was doing little to solve sanitation problem in the Municipality.

According to sources at the Assembly, the last
Saturday’s exercise held on October 6, this year, was attended by a skeleton
staff of Agona West Municipal Assembly and Zoomlion Ghana Limited including
only three out of 16 Assembly Members.

The sources said the participants were
addressed by Nana Esieni, Nifahene of Swedruman Council of Chiefs, Mr Frank Abban,
the Presiding Member of the Assembly and Mr George Freeman, the Head of the
Agona West Municipal Environmental Health and Sanitation.

Mr Abban said sanitation issues needed
collective efforts from all and sundry and urged residents of the municipality
to put their shoulder to the wheel to help keep the environment clean.

Nana Esieni expressed worry about the attitude
of the residents of Agona Swedru for failing to actively participate in the
clean-up exercise and entreated them to put a stop to such act, giving the
assurance that the Sanitation Committee of the Council would liaise with the
Assembly to ensure that the area was kept tidy to prevent outbreak of diseases.

Mr George Freeman, said the Assembly had
gazetted its bye-laws that would empower it to arrest and prosecute sanitation
offenders and his outfit had embarked on a programme at churches, mosques,
market places and other social gatherings to educate the people on them.


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