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KMA to enforce sanitation bye-laws

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has vowed to enforce sanitation laws to enable it deal with persons who violate such bye-laws.

Authorities have directed city guards and environmental health officers from the KMA to arrest persons who defy sanitation laws and hand them over for prosecution.

Authorities have also tasked heads of sub-metros within the metropolis to enforce sanitation laws in their areas to get residents to comply with the assembly’s laws.

Residents in Kumasi have recently raised concerns over how filth have engulfed parts of the city especially the central business district.

Speaking in an interview with Class News’ regional correspondent Hafiz Tijani, KMA Waste Management Director John Gorkeh Miah said concerted efforts are needed to be able to tackle sanitation issues in the regional capital.

“We have nine sub-metros, we have officers there, and so we don’t need to come from the centre to enforce the laws. We have had a series of meetings with the coordinating director. The supervision should start from the sub-metro where there are challenges, then we will also come in. It is proper that the environmental health officers and metro guards will cooperate so that there will be sanity in all the metros,” he stated.

As part of measures to ensure the city is kept clean, Mr Gorkeh said authorities have “enforced the night cleaning, we have extended the time for Zoomlion sweepers” adding: “We have deviants, that’s why the law is there and that’s why we have encouraged environmental officers to arrest and prosecute those who will be found culpable to the issues of cleanliness.”

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