From Sammy Asare, Kenyasi – Ahafo Region
The Head of Environmental Health Department of the Asutifi North District in the Ahafo Region has appealed to the government to amend the laws to sanction those who default in sanitation byelaws.
The move, the proponent indicated, would make the President’s Clean Ghana project vision meaningful.
Mr. James Oware, in an interview with The Chronicle, noted that the proposed amendment is the only way Ghana can work towards one of the cleanest countries in Africa.
The Environmental Health officer said currently the laws to punish people who flout sanitation by-laws in the country are not punitive enough to deter others.
He said, currently sanitation defaulters are apprehended and sent to the court for punishment but are either fined or handed prison terms only to come back and repeat the same offence because the sanctions are not punitive enough to deter perpetration of the offence.
Mr. Oware revealed that in Europe there are strict and biting laws for defaulters against sanitation so the residents dare not to go contrary to the provisions of the law and suggested that it is time Ghana and Ghanaians learn how to adhere to such moves to make the country a better place to live in.
He said defaulters must experience and feel communal punishments and sent to the streets to undertake sweeping, remove filth from choked gutters and clear weeds from public spaces and public buildings under a strict supervision of the security.
He said same measures are been used in developed countries and they are really helping the people and the countries at large and suggested Parliament must try to make changes in the laws. “They must work in broad day light for others to see them serving their punishment, which will put shame to them and help them reform,” he said.
Mr. Oware narrated that every government is trying to combat poor sanitation, which is now part and parcel of most Ghanaians, but it seems the task is huge due to the kind of laws supporting the move hence the need for the amendment.