The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) has donated 100 waste bins to residents in Ngleshie and Mudor electoral areas of the Ashiedu Keteke Sub Metro in Accra as part of efforts to reduce the burning of waste and to encourage waste segregation.
The Chief Executive of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who presented the bins at a brief ceremony in Accra today said the Assembly was committed to ensuring that Accra becomes a clean city and would continue to support residents to manage their waste.
“We remember the President came to Mantse Agbona in 2017 and promised Ghanaians that he wants to work to make Accra clean and since then the AMA has been working assiduously to achieve it," he said.
Mayor Sowah observed that residents in the Ashiedu Keteke Sub Metropolitan Area mostly burn their waste in the open or dump them in drains due to lack of waste bins hence the move by the Assembly to supply these bins free of charge adding this would go a long way to contribute to improving the quality of air in the community.
He noted that it was against the Assembly’s byelaws if a person fails to provide a standard container for refuse storage and assured that waste contractors had been assigned to lift them regularly.
“We will ensure that the waste generated in any home is collected from time to time. We wouldn’t want to see any rubbish on the floor. Culprits will be punished for going against the law,” he cautioned.
The Ngleshie Stool father, Nii Appiah IV, on behalf of the stool heads of Ga Mashie lauded President Nana Akuffo Addo and the Mayor of Accra, for working towards the attainment of a clean city and assured that the bins would be used for its rightful purpose.
"We will teach them how to use it and make sure every household gets a bin, in order to make our city clean” he assured.
Present at the ceremony were some Queen mothers, notably Naa Adukwei Suomo, Queen mother of Mamprobi among others.
The Assembly initially piloted the project with the distribution over one hundred bins to 50 households in Mamprobi to promote waste segregation under the Breathe life Campaign Initiative.