The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Sanitation Ministry together with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Zoomlion has on Tuesday 14 July, 2020 commenced a public sensitisation program ahead of sanitation enforcement within Greater Accra .
The enforcement exercise is expected to kick-start on Monday 20 July, 2020 in parts of the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra, Okai-Kwei North Municipality, Korley-Klottey Municipality, Madina, Adenta, Lapaz and the dumping sites at Teshie. This comes after the Sanitation Ministry in partnership with Zoomlion Ghana Limited donated five double cabin pick-ups to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Friday 10 July, 2020 to enhance the sensitisation and sanitation enforcement exercise.
The enforcement forms part of efforts to maintain and sustain good sanitation and to ensure compliance with sanitation by-laws and COVID-19 protocols.
The Officer-in-Charge of the military component of the task force, Major Esilefie E Odoom admonished traders at the various markets within the Central Business District to keep their surroundings clean at all times in accordance with the environmental by-laws of the city to avoid prosecution. “During the lockdown, personnel from GAF and other security services in collaboration with AMA and Zoomlion, embarked on a clean-up exercise in Accra, but the sanitation situation has still not improved.” He said.
Major Odoom added that the purpose of the sensitisation was to inform the traders that from Monday 20 July, 2020, the task force will commence patrols along the major markets to monitor and enforce the sanitation by-laws to ensure that the standards are maintained. The task force drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces comprised personnel from Ghana Army, Navy and the Air Force.