Man arrested for littering in Accra

Man arrested for littering in Accra

- The president's vision of making Accra the cleanest city could come into fruition with the rate at which things are going

- The Accra Metropolitan Assembly is serious about keeping Accra clean

- They have started prosecution of offenders in line with laid down laws

The La District Sanitation and Motor Court has sentenced one Kwame Akyere to two months imprisonment for littering the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra.

Kwame Akyere was sentenced on his own plea due to his inability to pay a GH₵360 fine when he appeared before the court presided over by Her Worship Juliet Dudoo, together with some 35 other persons for the same offence.

According to the Head of Public Affairs at the AMA, Gilbert Nii Ankrah, the prosecution forms part of efforts by the Assembly to make the city clean adding that the Assembly, before the beginning of the operation earlier last week, cautioned the public and traders to desist from dumping indiscriminately.

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“Before the operation, the Information Service Van was all over the CBD educating traders and commuters, even during weekends about the operation and the need to desist from littering the streets,” he said.

He noted that the AMA cleaning bye-law, 2017, “prohibits any person from throwing litter, refuse, or other matter into gutters, drains or unauthorised places which may cause nuisance or block the free passage of running water” and urged all to use bins.

He stressed that the Assembly’s task force would be on the lookout for such persons and ensure that the law takes its course to deter would-be offenders.

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He also urged residents not to litter and desist from dumping into drains and unauthorised locations and register with accredited waste service providers to collect their waste to ensure a clean city.

Thirty-six(36) persons were arrested by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s (AMA’s) Sanitation and Monitoring taskforce while they patrolled the Central Business District (CBD).

Out of the number, eight traders, were cautioned and discharged by the court while rest were given various fines ranging between 15 and 30 penalty units.

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