The Agona West Municipal Assembly has given four months ultimatum to landlords who do not have toilets facilities to provide them before the end of December, 2017 or face the full rigorous of the law.
Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), who said this at the National Sanitation Day clean -up exercise on Saturday, said the Assembly has taken this decision to reduce pressure on public toilet facilities.
According to the MCE, it would also ensure the total eradication of indiscriminate dumping of human excreta in black plastic bags at public places and at the back of people’s houses in the Municipality.
She said after the four months grace period, any landlord who fails to comply with the directive would face punitive action, adding that, this forms part of the efforts of the Agona West Assembly to ensure clean environment.
The MCE hinted that as from January 2018, the Environmental Health and Sanitation Department of the Assembly would be empowered to take those landlords to court.
Mrs Assan said the Agona West Municipality had taken issues relating to sanitation serious due to population growth in the Municipality, with pressure on the toilets being enormous.
She said the Agona West Municipality was working hard to regain its former position as the “Neatest District” in the Central Region some years back.
The MCE said the Assembly, apart from Zoomlion Waste Management work, has decided to increase its house –to – house refuse collection to enhance sound environment.
Mrs Assan expressed regret about the low turnout for the cleanup exercise by the residents in the Agona West and urged them to change their attitudes towards environmental health and sanitation.
She cautioned parents who send their young kids to dump rubbish in the public refuse containers to stop the practice, saying the Assembly’s Sanitation Taskforce was working and ready to arrest any body found dumping refuse indiscriminately.
She called on the civil society organizations, keep fit clubs, traditional rulers, basic and SHS heads, the Police, Fire Service, NADMO, Zoomlion, the Media, Market Women and Transport Unions to assist the Agona West Assembly to achieve the desire goal.
Mr Haruna Sanni, Presiding Member (PM) of the Agona West Assembly, said the members of the Assembly have been tasked to conduct cleanup exercise every two weeks in the respective electoral areas to ensure clean environment.
Mr George Gyamfi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Boafo Ye Na Money Lender Company, expressed regret about the politicization of the national Sanitation Day exercise introduced by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
He said it was unfortunate that members of the NDC in the Municipality have abandoned the exercise now that they were in opposition and pleaded with them to change their mindsets.
The CEO appealed to Ghanaians to stop politicization of environmental health and sanitation issues which needed collective efforts to champion the programme.