The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has directed managers of transport terminals in the city to put in place the necessary measures to ensure public safety.
He gave this directive on Friday during a monitoring and enforcement exercise to some bus terminals and central container sites to assess the sanitary conditions as part of efforts aimed at achieving a clean Accra as well as the implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols at their various operational areas.
Mayor Sowah who was impressed by the steps taken by some of these facilities especially the VIP bus terminal expressed his displeasure towards the lack of urgency exhibited at the OA terminal to ensure good sanitation and safety practices of their clients during this COVID period.
The MCE who was in the company of officials from the Assembly and Zoomlion Ghana Limited cautioned managers of OA terminal to put in place measures to ensure that their frontage was kept tidy as well as improve on the COVID-19 safety protocols.
" Private transport terminals must do well to augment their sanitation workforce to ensure the continuous sweeping or tidying of the place. Because they are privately own terminals, we do not have full control, all we have to do is to ensure that the place is tidy, he expressed.
He reiterated that sanitation was a shared responsibility and urged residents as well as commuters to the city not to litter.
" It is a collective responsibility to ensure the city is clean. Everyone has a responsibility. You cannot empty sachet water and drop it on the ground... When we went to Nima, we realized that our people had already swept there and by 5:30 am the whole market and the streets were clean. But by 7:30 am when we got there, we saw fresh sachet waters littered on the streets and this is not acceptable. We had to compel people to pick the litters, " he said.
" So, we are warning people who come into the city to either trade or buy to be careful and stop littering the streets because we have activated our environmental health bye-laws and anyone caught will be arrested and prosecuted, " he added.
Some other places the team visited included the Malata, Nima and Kaneshie markets, Cable and Wireless as well as the Integrated Recycling and Composite Plant (IRECOP).