Kumasi — The management of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has declared war on sanitation offenders and drivers of heavy duty vehicles who off-load goods at the Central Business area of Adum during working hours.
The assembly's war, which is directed at shop owners, head porters (kayayo), traders and some residents in Kumasi, noted that these persons littered the streets of the metropolis without any concern and its implications.
A press release issued and copied to The Chronicle disclosed that the assembly would soon deploy its Sanitation Task Force at some vantage points in the metropolis to arrest any person seen littering.
The release further indicated that the KMA would not hesitate to prosecute anyone arrested without delay, and therefore, cautioned that to avoid being thrown into jail or fined heavy sums of money, the residents must learn how to keep a clean environment.
According to the KMA, the throwing of garbage on the streets contravenes the bye-laws of the assembly, adding," Henceforth, the bye-laws would see its fullest implementation."
The release continued that before embarking on this exercise, it would begin public educational programmes on sanitation management, and install litter bins at convenient places, particularly, the central business district of Adum.
The release signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for KMA, Mr. Godwin Okumah Nyame, also reminded heavy duty vehicle's drivers that it was an offence to park, load or off-load goods during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the business area.
It, therefore, reminded vehicle owners and drivers to take note of the bye-laws of the assembly and oblige to that, adding, "the refusal to adhere to the bye-laws would find you at the law court." The release also entreated workers at Adum and its environs to park their vehicles at the KMA Central Car Park behind the Public Works Department (PWD) office to help ease congestion in the central business district.
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