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By Kodjo Adams, GNA

www.ghanareaders.com

Accra, Feb. 3, GNA- Mr Solomon Kotey-Nikoi, Municipal Chief Executive La Dadekotopon, has urged the residents of La to keep a healthy environment to be able to contribute to national development.

He said poor sanitation posed serious health risks to the citizenry and advised the residents to always keep their environment clean and be free from preventable diseases like cholera and typhoid, among others.

Mr Kotey-Nikoi was speaking at a float to launch the “Operation Clean Your Frontage” campaign in the Municipality to encourage the indigenes to practice clean environment.

The government in 2021 launched the ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ initiative for the Greater Accra Region.

The initiative, which started on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, involved over 15,000 National Service Personnel, traders, and business operators around Osu, Okaishie, Agbogbloshie, Lapaz and its environs.

The policy, under the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council, seeks to make it obligatory for all individuals and corporate entities to be responsible for the cleaning and greening of their immediate surroundings.

“We work under Council and expect to support the agenda to keep the city clean by implementing the initiative at our various assemblies through the float to sensitize the residents on the need to keep their immediate environment clean,” he said.

Mr Kotey-Nikoi said the Assembly would start the implementation of the bye-laws on sanitation by visiting shops, homes, and institutions, urging the public to abide by the laws and be free from sanctions.

That, he explained, would help sustain the exercise to ensure people disciplined themselves in terms of keeping their environment clean.

He stated that the issue of sanitation and environmental cleanliness was a shared responsibility and required the support of Government and the public to achieve the objective.

The La Dadekotopon said communal containers would be placed at vantage points for residents in homes with poor access routes to facilitate dumping at a fee to guarantee sustainability.

He asked the residents to change their attitudes towards sanitation and support the campaign to make significant progress. 

The residents pledged their commitment to support the campaign and urged the Assemblies to enforce their bye-laws by taking steps to prosecute sanitation offenders to serve as a deterrent to others.

In Ghana, the numerous environmental, health and safety challenges like open defecation, inappropriate disposal of plastic bottles and bags, and inappropriate human liquid waste disposal poses serious health implications.

GNA

 

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