The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has deployed a sanitation enforcement team made up of national service personnel to educate the public and ensure that people who litter are reported and put before sanitation courts for prosecution.
It forms part of a “Keep Kumasi Clean and Green campaign,” launched by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to rid especially the central business district of the usual spectacle of filth.
The residents of the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi have begun making use of newly erected litter bins mounted across the central business district and other designated areas in Kumasi.
It appears the bins have begun making some strides in improving the sanitation in the immediate surroundings as residents have begun using them instead of throwing rubbish on the floors.
A Youngman who uses Adum frequently told Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador, “I just dropped a rubber in the bin. It will be helpful in the sense that it will support the society and the environment to be very clean.”
A woman who gave her name as Apoka Asankka who sells groundnut paste close to one of the bins admitted she was impressed with the new breeze of neatness she now feels around her.
She commended, “Before this bin was placed here, people were throwing their rubbish all over the streets. I always have to sweep the whole place in the morning. My only problem is that there is no toilet facilities in Adum so I fear people might drop faecal matter in it. I wish it was not so close to me. But I don’t have to sweep again because anyone who gets here puts their litter inside the container.”
Some business managers in the central business district want the efforts sustained to rid the area of filth and diseases.
A station master, Douglas Aniadjei popularly called Samolo Mashire suggested, “Plastics end up choking drains breeding mosquitoes and floods. I am impressed with the way the bins are regularly emptied. We will urge the leaders to be consistent. Residents should not begin dumping their home waste into the litter bins. It is just for little packages and rubbers.”
Some areas specifically the Ridge Police Station through to the Poku Trading enclave however detracted from this development as litter was still scattered on the floors even though there were still bins in the area.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote-Fumador