The Ayawaso East Municipality Assembly has launched a sensitization programme in support of the “Operation Clean Your Frontage” campaign in Accra.
A team comprising the Municipal Chief Executive, the Coordinating Director, Environmental Health Officers and Assembly Members, among other officers, visited homes, shops and offices in the municipality to drive home the campaign.
The team, which was in three groups, conducted the exercise in areas like Nima West and Nima East, where they pasted notices of some sections of the sanitation bye-laws on walls as they made their rounds as part of educating the public.
Hajia Salma Sani Mohammed Adams-Kuta, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, urged the residents to consciously clean gutters and sweep their frontages to avoid sanctions of the sanitation bye-laws, which she said would soon take off.
She said the Assembly had gazetted its bye-laws and that all offending persons or groups who would go against the Operation Clean Your Frontage would be sanctioned appropriately.
“Come February, the enforcement of the law would be in full gear with its penalties and there would be no compromise whatsoever,” she stated.
Hajia Adams-Kuta said the long-term effect of the campaign was that the society would be free of communicable diseases and promote public health.
She urged all residents to make it a ritual to sustain good public health in the various communities to reduce medical expenditure by observing the practice.
Mrs Josephine Gawu, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer, urged residents and workers in the area to make it a habit to maintain good health practices to promote the wealth and increase productivity.
“My outfit would not hesitate to apply deserving sanctions to households which breach the bye-laws on the “Operation Clean Your Frontage.”
Mrs Gawu said Act 29, Section 298, sub-section 18 of the law enjoined all residents to clean their environments.
Nii Armaa Ashitey, the Municipal Coordinating Director, said though the Assembly had been embarking on environmental cleanliness exercises, it would be intensified with the introduction of the policy and the accompanying bye-laws.
He said the exercise was meant to educate the people on the existing bye-laws and the consequences for breaching and urged the people to be up and doing in this regard to avoid being slapped with the unpleasant sanctions.
Mr Mohammed Awal Issah, an assembly member for the area, said though familiarity was one of the biggest challenges confronting their work, it was morally and ethically demanding of them to put a brave face for the job to be done.