The Accra Metropolitan Assembly [AMA] will on Saturday 3rd March, 2018, embark on a massive cleanup exercise in all ten sub-metros of the Assembly.
As such, businesses are expected to be closed between 6:00am and 10:00am to ensure full participation of all in the exercise.
According to the Assembly, the move is part of efforts aimed at ensuring cleanliness in Accra, in line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision of making the capital, the cleanest city in Africa by 2020.
“This is just one of the many ways that we have strategized to make sure that Accra indeed becomes clean and everyone must play a part,” Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Metropolitan Chief Executive of the AMA told Citi News.
He added that the Assembly will henceforth enforce its bye-laws on sanitation and will not hesitate to punish anyone or group of persons found to be in violation of the laws.
The last time a similar exercise was carried out in Accra was in December 2017.
Sanitation in Accra can best be described as one of the worst in the country, despite commitments and pledges to reverse the situation by city authorities.
Reports by Citi FM over the last 6 months revealed that some major roads within the capital were gradually being narrowed due to the regular dumping of refuse along the roads.
The government as part of plans to address the situation, launched the National Sanitation Campaign to undertake series of activities that will eventually make the capital, Accra, the cleanest city in Africa.
As part of the campaign, the President announced a National Sanitation Brigade to enforce sanitation laws nationwide. This brigade, to be made up Ghanaian youth, will police the adherence to the rules and regulations on sanitation in both state and private properties.
“Everyday is Sanitation Day. I recognize, however, that the government cannot do it alone. This is where I wish to call on all of us, especially our Chiefs and Queen Mothers, religious and opinion leaders, civil society organisations, private sector operators, to rise up to the challenge and help make a difference this time around,” President Akufo-Addo said at the launch of the event.
But there has not been any major improvement since the launch of the campaign.