A joint task force comprising officers from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Zoomlion Ghana Limited on Tuesday began a public awareness and sensitization program in the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra ahead of an enforcement exercise to ensure compliance with sanitation by-laws and COVID-19 protocols in the city of Accra.
The enforcement exercise which is expected to commence on Monday 20th July 2020 forms part of efforts to maintain and sustain good sanitation in the national capital, Accra and other regional capitals in the country.
The taskforce who visited areas including the new Aayalolo Transport Terminal opposite the Kinbu Senior High School, Tudu, Railways bus stop as well as CMB enclave interacted with traders, push kart operators, motorcyclist popularly known as "Okada" riders, forex operators, drivers as well as commuters among others to keep their surroundings clean at all times in accordance with the environmental by-laws of the city to avoid prosecution.
"During the lockdown, the AMA in collaboration with the military and other security services embarked on a clean-up exercise in Accra, but the sanitation situation has still not improved. So, we have come to inform you that from Monday we will be here to monitor and enforce the bye-laws to ensure that the standards are adhered to and maintained. If we come and there is any refuse in front of your shop or where you trade then the law will deal with you, " the team noted.
The taskforce also used the opportunity to entreat those who were spotted without nose or face masks to put them on or buy one to curb the spread of the virus in the city.
The sensitization is expected to continue throughout the week ahead of the enforcement exercise on Monday.