As part of efforts to keep Bolgatanga clean and instil the habit of good sanitation practices among the citizenry, the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly in the Upper East Region has undertaken a clean-up exercise across the Municipality.
It was part of measures instituted by the Municipal Assembly to ensure that the environment was clean, and encouraged good sanitation and good hygienic behaviours and attitudes among the people in the Municipality.
The exercise started around 0600 hours on Saturday at the Bolgatanga Jubilee Park with stakeholders in sanitation and refuse management particularly the Zoomlion Ghana Limited, officials from the Municipal Assembly, market men and women especially vocation groups such as hair dressers, dress makers as well as the media.
The major places of focus were the choked gutters around the Bolagatanga Township, streets, both old and new markets, the lorry stations and parks, residential compounds and other public institutions.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the exercise, Mr Joseph Amiyuure, the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) who took part in the exercise explained that the exercise was in line with government’s vision of ensuring safe environment and the adoption of good sanitation practices.
He said the exercise was also an indication that the Municipal Assembly placed emphasis on environmental health and sanitation issues in the Municipality and was committed to meeting the sanitation needs of the people.
The MCE stated that a clean environment had the potential to prevent diseases such as cholera, malaria, typhoid among others and called for collective efforts from residents in the Municipality to ensure that they fully participated in the exercise and future ones for a conducive environment.
“We believe that if we do it collectively, we can keep Bolga clean and avoid all these annual floods that occur as result of torrential rain falls.” The MCE added.
Mr Amiyuure, however, regretted the indiscriminate disposal of waste in the Municipality and called for attitudinal change towards waste management and disposal, adding that the Assembly in collaboration of the Department of Urban Roads had constituted taskforces that distil refuse around major gutters on regular basis and said, “if we see people dumping waste into the gutters we will prosecute them.”
The MCE announced that the Assembly had initiated plans to procure a bio-digester for the slaughter House in the Municipality to enable them dispose waste properly, indicating “it is our hope that when that is done they can get gas and manure for agricultural purposes.”
While encouraging the general public to daily clean their environment, he mentioned that the clean-up exercises would continue once every month and called on the butchers at the slaughter house to own the abattoir facility and keep it safe.
The MCE used the opportunity to warn all landlords to provide household toilets or risk being prosecuted after a six months notices elapses.