A Sanitation Task Force has been formed by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to ensure the effective enforcement of the environmental sanitation laws.
The crusade would focus on the provision of toilets in households, painting of houses, noise control, stray animals, and monitoring of sanitation service providers.
The Sanitation Guards, formed by the Environmental Health unit of the Assembly, would ensure that members of the public to comply with the provisions of the Public Health Act 851 of 2012, which consolidates the law relating to public health to prevent disease, promote, safeguard, maintain and protect the health of humans and animals, and to provide for related matters.
The KMA has, therefore, provided two pick up vehicles and six motorbikes, besides uniforms and other logistics, to the Sanitation Task Force to facilitate its operations.
The Mayor of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi, said his dream is to ensure an ideal investor friendly and climate resilient city.
He noted that human behaviour change depends on education, law enforcement and strengthening of structures.
The KMA boss indicated that several attempts by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to achieve the desired results in sustaining environmental sanitation had proved futile, hence the KMA’s resolve to enforce the laws through the sanitation crusade.
Besides, National Service and Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) personnel have been deployed to keep a watch over the environment.
He said any citizen can cause the arrest of any environmental offenders, for which a Sanitation Court has been established.
The Mayor urged all the other municipal and district assemblies in the greater Kumasi area to emulate the KMA example to keep the environment clean.
Launching the crusade, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, said the sector ministry was in support of the KMA’s initiative, realising that proper sanitation is a collective responsibility.
She observed that education and sensitisation of sanitation issues without enforcement is meaningless, and urged other metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to emulate the KMA and enforce the by-laws.
The Minister announced that the government would soon unveil new policy measures to enable the country to deal effectively with sanitation issues.
She said the measures are intended to complement the already existing ones, as well as the efforts of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies.
The Sanitation Minister later presented 1,000 dustbins to the Regional Co-ordinating Council for distribution to all 43 MMDAs in the Ashanti Region to support the “Clean and Green Ashanti” campaign launched by the Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, in November 2018.