Watch Out; AMA intensifies enforcement on littering beginning today

15.Apr.2019

Commuters and traders who indulge in the littering of streets in the Accra Metropolis should better watch out.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) had announced plans to intensify the arrest and prosecution of such people with assistance from the police.

Offenders are liable on summary conviction to a fine, not more than one hundred penalty units (GH1200) or a term of imprisonment of not less than thirty days and not more than six months or to both. 

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Assembly, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who announced this at a day's stakeholders' engagement with the residents of Ashiedu Keteke in Accra last Thursday, offenders, would not be spared.

"We have been enforcing the laws, but we will be intensifying the enforcement come Monday...  Over 200 persons were prosecuted for various sanitation offences in the first quarter of 2019," he said.

He expressed the Assembly’s commitment to the vision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa and urged the residents to put their shoulders to the wheel to help improve sanitation and reduce noise pollution.

The Chief Executive said the AMA would pilot a waste segregation programme within the Ashiedu Keteke Sub Metropolitan Area as part of efforts to sustainably manage waste in the city. 

He cautioned residents who dump their refuse into gutters in the area to desist from the act and register or engage the services of accredited waste collectors to handle their refuse.

Mr. Solomon Noye, the Head of Waste Management at the AMA in a presentation demonstrated to the audience how they could easily fold a used pure water sachet.