Zoom Alliance wants sanitation bye-laws enforced
By Stephen Odoi-Larbi
Waste management coys under the umbrella name, Zoom Alliance have called on the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to ensure the strict enforcement on sanitation bye-laws in their various jurisdictions.
To this end, the companies called for a replica of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s (AMA) sanitation court in the other MMDAs to prosecute people who flout the laws on sanitation.
“If we have sanitation courts, people who dump refuse anyhow would be arrested, sent to the sanitation courts and be prosecuted,” argues Robert Coleman, Communication Director of Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the Greater Accra Region.
He added “the prosecution should be done expeditiously to serve as a deterrent to offenders who flout the law. And it is high time that they amend bye-laws in the status books. Sometimes you see a bye-law and you know that this bye-law is not barking enough let alone has the teeth to bite. Sifter punishment should be given to people who dumps refuse anyhow, people who defecate anyhow. When you do this, we can move this country forward.”
Mr. Coleman made this observation in an interview with the paper last Saturday when his outfit together with the other waste management companies joined hands with the sanitation taskforce in a nationwide cleanup exercise to keep the environs clean.
Some of the areas visited by the paper include Mandela Park and Market at Ashiaman, Tema West and Nungua where the sanitation taskforce was divided into groups to execute the cleanup exercise.
George Acheampong, District Operations Supervisor of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Tema West told the paper that the fight against indiscriminate littering would be meaningless if people do not change their attitudes towards the environment.
He also called for more community participation in the ongoing nationwide cleanup exercise in order to make the president’s policy on the sanitation successful.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Ashiaman, Numo Adisi Anderson lauded Zoom Alliance for keeping taps in ensuring that “our communities are always clean.”
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